Champaign man sought in fatal shooting at apartment complex


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URBANA — Champaign police are looking for a man they believe responsible for the fatal weekend shooting of another Champaign man.

On Thursday, police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Isaiah D. Cain, 28, whose last known address was on Welland Place in Champaign, after the state's attorney's office filed murder charges against him in the fatal shooting of Scott Roth.

Mr. Roth, 21, was shot in a parking lot of an apartment complex in the 400 block of Edgebrook Drive about 1:50 a.m. Sunday. He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Police developed enough information to have the state's attorney's office seek the arrest warrant for Cain from Judge Roger Webber on Thursday. Webber set bond on the warrant at $2 million.

Cain was supposed to be in court Wednesday on a petition to revoke the probation he was serving for a 2018 domestic-battery conviction, but he failed to appear.

His only other criminal convictions were three misdemeanors for theft, assault and violation of an order of protection dating to 2008.

Cain is described as black; 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Police believe he may have cut his dreadlocks and could have a cast on his arm from a hand injury that happened prior to Mr. Roth's shooting.

Police are still hoping to get more information on Mr. Roth's killing, the second of 2019 in the city.

It came about 22 hours after an exchange of gunfire early Saturday at the Countrybrook apartment complex on West Springfield Avenue that police Chief Anthony Cobb described as a "gun battle." One man was injured in that incident.

Lt. Nate Rath said so far, investigators have no information to suggest that the two shootings are related.

He did not want to say if Cain and Mr. Roth knew each other.

"This was among a group of individuals in the parking lot," he said. "A verbal altercation began and this (shooting) happened."

Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545. Police will arrange to speak privately with you. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or or via the free "P3 Tips" mobile app.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).