RANTOUL — A Champaign man who allegedly fired a gun at a party in Rantoul Saturday night remained in the county jail Tuesday.
Jamal E. "Mally Mal" Cook, 19, who listed an address in the 2000 block of Greendale Drive, was charged Monday with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, both Class 4 felonies.
About 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Rantoul police responded to a shots fired call at Chanute and West streets.
A man there said he was at a party, went outside and saw a group of men, including one he knows as "Mally Mal," fighting over a girl. He then saw "Mally Mal" take out a gun and point it at people outside the residence.
The man with the gun, later identified as Cook, then got into a Jeep, pointed the gun out the window and fired two rounds in the air. The Jeep sped away, then returned, at which time Cook allegedly fired the gun at people but didn't hit anyone.
Police learned that Cook goes by the street name "Mally Mal."
Champaign police found Cook during a traffic stop at Springfield Avenue and Kenwood Road about 11:40 p.m.
Police found a bullet in the vehicle and four unspent rounds and about 5 grams of cannabis on Cook.
He admitted to police he was at the party in Rantoul, got into a confrontation with another man, had a gun and fired it. He said he threw the gun in a pond. He does not have a valid FOID card, police said.
Cook is being held in lieu of $7,500 bond and is due back in court Jan. 10.