Champaign police arrest one youth, search for another in connection with shooting

Champaign police arrest one youth, search for another in connection with shooting

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police have arrested one youth and are looking for a second in connection with the shooting of a teen that happened earlier this month in north Champaign.

About 3:30 p.m. Friday, police arrested a 16-year-old boy for a Feb. 3 shooting near the intersection of West Beardsley Avenue and North James Street.

Although police responding to the 11:30 p.m. call that Sunday couldn't find anyone, they learned soon after that an 18-year-old man had shown up at a local hospital with several gunshot wounds. Police also found a car at the hospital that had been hit by gunfire.

The teen was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and is expected to appear in juvenile court Monday for a detention hearing.

On Saturday, the state's attorney obtained an arrest warrant for Khalid Purnell, 18, of Champaign. He's charged with aggravated battery with a firearm for his alleged role in the Feb. 3 shooting. A judge set bond on the warrant at $500,000.

Police are asking for the public's help finding him. He's described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and about 200 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

On Tuesday, there was another shooting in that same area.

Police were sent to Beardsley and James about 9:30 p.m. and again found no victim, but learned in short order that an 18-year-old male showed up at a local hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

In both shootings, police said they believed the victims were the intended targets.

As of Friday, there had been 19 shootings in Champaign in January and February, for a total of eight people wounded and one killed.

The latest occurred Thursday night at the Town Center Apartments in the 2400 block of North Neil Street. A police report said two Champaign men, ages 24 and 33, were shot during a dice game.

Anyone with information on the Feb. 3 shooting or Purnell's whereabouts is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545 or, if wishing to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477or 373tips.com or via the free "P3 Tips" mobile app.

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