UPDATED 4:25 p.m. Friday
URBANA — One of two men accused in the shootings of two men in north Champaign on Tuesday night is in police custody,
Jamonte Hill, 17, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Geraldine Avenue, Urbana, was arraigned Friday on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, alleging that he intended to kill the two men who were shot and that he personally discharged the gun that hit the men.
Police are still looking for co-defendant Marcquaz Hopkins, 22, who is charged only with aggravated battery with a firearm.
A warrant carrying $1 million bond was issued for Hill’s arrest Wednesday following the shootings that occurred about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday near Clock and Bellefontaine streets in Champaign.
Police went to that area on a report of shots fired but didn’t find anyone shot. Moments later, however, officials at Carle Hospital notified police of two men who had come in with gunshot wounds.
In court Friday, Assistant State’s Attorney Marley Nelson said the men were in that neighborhood when someone else warned them that they were about to be attacked. Within moments, a car came around the corner, she said.
“Hill extended a revolver and fired five to seven shots out the window,” Nelson said.
The 27-year-old Champaign man was hit in the abdomen while the 23-year-old Champaign man was shot in the foot, Nelson said.
Both men had to have surgery. Carle Foundation Hospital had no information Friday about them.
Sgt. Dave Griffet said police were watching a number of addresses that they knew Hill to frequent and about 6:30 p.m. Thursday spotted him in the parking lot of a business in the 400 block of West University Avenue in Urbana.
Champaign attorney Ed Piraino entered his appearance for Hill. Judge Richard Klaus declined to reduce his bond and set a preliminary hearing for May 11 and a pretrial hearing for June 5.
If convicted of the attempted murder charges, Hill faces a sentence of 25 years to natural life in prison. The aggravated battery with a firearm charge carries a penalty of six to 30 years in prison upon conviction.