Man suspected in shooting of motorist near Georgetown thought to have fled country

Man suspected in shooting of motorist near Georgetown thought to have fled country

DANVILLE — Vermilion County authorities believe a Georgetown man who's wanted in an incident earlier this month where a passing motorist was struck by a stray bullet has fled to the Middle East.

Sheriff's Capt. Mike Hartshorn said an arrest warrant with a $10 million bond has been issued for Rod Al-Ruwaily, 20, in connection with the Jan. 16 shooting of a woman who was hit while driving on Illinois 1 north of Georgetown.

Al-Ruwaily is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a weapon without a FOID card.

The shooting occurred around 6 p.m. and stemmed from a dispute at a residence in the area.

Hartshorn said investigators determined that Al-Ruwaily fired multiple shots toward a vehicle in the driveway of his residence in the 1700 block of North Main Street, one of which hit an unrelated vehicle heading south on the state highway.

A 28-year-old female in the passing vehicle was struck by a bullet. Hartshorn said she remains in the hospital, recovering from her injuries.

He added that investigators think Al-Ruwaily fled the country after the incident and is currently in Saudi Arabia.

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