Police identify suspect in Christmas Eve shooting in Champaign

Police identify suspect in Christmas Eve shooting in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are looking for a man charged with shooting another person on Christmas Eve in Champaign.

Police identified Mario D. Turner, 38, whose last known address was in the 1400 block of Queens Way, as the person who allegedly fired on a man in a car in a parking lot in the 1400 block of North McKinley Avenue, Champaign, about 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 24.

Although the 32-year-old victim was gone by the time police arrived, they learned later that he had shown up at a local hospital with what they described as a non-life threatening injury.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said police developed Turner as the alleged shooter after viewing surveillance video from a nearby business and witness interviews.

A warrant for Turner's arrest was issued Dec. 31 charging him with aggravted battery with a firearm, a Class X felony carrying a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years upon conviction.

Turner is also wanted in connection with a drug case filed against him in February 2018 charging him with four counts of possession with intent to deliver cocaine in November and December 2017.

Rietz said he is currently on parole for drug-related convictions from 2008 and 2009. He has other felony convictions for aggravated battery and resisting arrest as well as numerous misdemeanor and traffic convictions dating to 1998.

The shooting on McKinley Avenue was the first of three on Dec. 24 in Champaign.

About 11:10 p.m., a woman was shot in an apartment in the 2500 block of West Springfield Avenue and at 11:46 p.m., a 54-year-old man showed up at a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. Police never revealed where they believed the third shooting happened.

The wounds to those adults were also described as non life-threatening.

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