Champaign police make arrest in shooting incident

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department says one person has been arrested in connection with a shooting incident that happened on April 8.

Champaign police say officers were dispatched to the 400 block of West Maple Street at about 2:43 p.m. in order to investigate a report of shots fired in the area Tuesday night.  Officers say while they were investigating, they heard several shots fired in the area of West Beardsley Street and North Elm Street.

Authorities say when officers arrived at the scene, they found a victim who sustained several gunshot wounds to the lower body in the 1100 block of North Elm Street, and provided medical assistance until medics arrived.  Officers also took into custody two individuals who were seen running from the area.

Champaign police say one of the detained individuals was interviewed and subsequently released after an investigation indicated that the individual was a bystander running from the area after hearing shots fired.  Authorities say the second individual, identified as Tarrell Boatman, 20, was taken into custody after a short foot chase.  The officer involved in the chase says he was Boatman in possession of a weapon, and that the weapon was tossed aside during the chase.  Police say the weapon was later recovered.

Boatman currently faces preliminary charges of aggravated battery with a firearm.  Champaign police are asking anyone with information about this shooting to contact them at (217) 351-4545 or by calling Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.
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