Champaign police arrest two in early morning shooting incident

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CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department says two men were arrested in connection with a shooting incident that happened during the early-morning hours of January 28.

Champaign police say an officer heard the sound of several gunshots coming from the downtown area at about 1:54 a.m.  Several officers responded to the area, and began speaking with witnesses and searching the area.

Authorities say several spent shell casings were found in a parking lot on Main Street, and after viewing surveillance video from a nearby business and speaking with witnesses, Champaign police were able to develop a potential suspect and the vehicle the suspect was traveling in.

Champaign police say a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle was stopped by officers at about 3:18 a.m.  During the traffic stop, officers detained two people, and found a loaded handgun and a small amount of suspected marijuana in the vehicle.

The two individuals, identified as Travis Billingsley, 28, and Michael Francois, 26, were arrested.  Billingsley faces preliminary charges of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and defacing the identification marks of a firearm.  Francois faces preliminary charges of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, defacing the identification marks of a firearm, and possession of marijuana.

This incident remains under investigation by the Champaign Police Department.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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