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URBANA — A Champaign teen who allegedly fired a gun at three young men in east Urbana on Monday afternoon has been arrested and charged.

Judge Tom Difanis Friday ordered the 17-year-old be held in the Juvenile Detention Center until at least July 8 after the youth was charged in juvenile court with aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the charges stemmed from a shooting that happened about 2:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of South Smith Road.

The teen was identified by three young men who were walking in that block as the driver of a car from which shots were fired. There were others in the car, Rietz said, but the apparent intended targets said it was the driver who fired in their direction.

At least one of those shots penetrated the wall of an apartment occupied by five people ranging in age from 2 to 72, Urbana police said. No one inside was hurt.

Rietz said police had a description of the car and it was spotted by an Urbana police officer Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Kerr Avenue.

The officer ran the license plates on the car, occupied by the teen and three young women, and discovered it had been reported stolen late Sunday or early Monday from the driveway of a home on North McKinley Avenue in Champaign.

The teen was arrested there. A search of the vehicle turned up cannabis and two rounds of ammunition, Rietz said.

Coincidentally, the teen charged Friday was the victim of a stabbing on June 9. Rietz said the mother of his child is also being held in detention for aggravated battery for allegedly stabbing him in the upper back with a steak knife. That stemmed from an argument over his fidelity, Rietz said.

Also in the detention center is one of the intended targets of the Monday shooting on Smith Road. A 15-year-old who was among the trio that was fired upon was arrested Monday after police found him with a stolen gun. He was later charged with a weapons offense.

Rietz said the teen charged Friday is currently on parole for burglary and aggravated battery from a 2018 case.

He has three other prior juvenile adjudications for possession of a stolen motor vehicle and others for residential burglary, criminal damage to property and aggravated battery, Rietz said.


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).