Danville 18-year-old facing 4 charges in fatal shooting of his friend

Danville 18-year-old facing 4 charges in fatal shooting of his friend

DANVILLE — An 18-year-old Danville man has been formally charged in the weekend fatal shooting of his 19-year-old friend.

Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy on Wednesday charged Christopher Sean Stanley with one count of involuntary manslaughter, a Class 3 felony, in the death of Austin R. Camareno of Danville.

Stanley was also charged with one count of reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony, as well as reckless conduct and not having a firearm owner’s identification card, both misdemeanors.

According to the charge, Stanley, “while acting in a reckless manner, performed an act likely to cause death or great bodily harm to some individual, in that he brandished a firearm in the direction of (Mr. Camareno), causing a projectile from that firearm to strike (Mr. Camareno), thereby causing (his) death.”

Vermilion County sheriff’s investigators said the shooting occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday at a residence in the 800 block of Warrington Avenue, just west of Danville.

Mr. Camareno was taken by private vehicle to OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, where he was pronounced dead.

Stanley was arrested on preliminary charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery with a firearm. He appeared in bond court Sunday and was released from jail after posting 10 percent of his $250,000 bond.

His next court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 26.

Sheriff’s investigators said Stanley and Mr. Camareno were friends. Mr. Camareno was a 2018 graduate of Schlarman Academy, where he was a four-year varsity letterman on the baseball team. He also played golf for one year and was on the Catholic school’s basketball team, and he played baseball through American Legion Post 210.

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