CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of an Indiana woman early Friday morning at a Champaign motel.
Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said that Antonio Brown, 20, of Champaign, has been arrested for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated discharge of a firearm.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said that Sydni Kay Blackwell, 20, of Williamsport, Ind., was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. Friday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
According to a preliminary police report, Brown accidentally shot Ms. Blackwell, his girlfriend, at the Super 8 Motel, 202 W. Marketview Drive, Champaign, at 3:01 a.m.
The report said that both Brown and Ms. Blackwell told police that Brown improperly handled a gun, causing it to accidentally discharge a round and wound Ms. Blackwell.
Brown took Ms. Blackwell to the hospital so she could be treated for the gunshot wound.
Dunn said police arrested Brown after recovering the gun that had been used in the shooting.
Northrup said an autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday.
An inquest may be held at a later date.
The death is being investigated by Northrup’s office and the Champaign Police Department.