Champaign shooting suspect turns himself in

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Robbie Patton, 18, of Champaign turned himself in to police at 10:15 p.m. on Thursday night. Robbie Patton, 18, of Champaign turned himself in to police at 10:15 p.m. on Thursday night.

CHAMPAIGN -- The man wanted in connection with a shooting near the University of Illinois campus turned himself in Thursday night, police announced.

Robbie Patton, 18, of Champaign was wanted on warrants for First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm for the September 25 shooting that killed George Korchev of Mundelein and injured several others. Patton surrendered at the Champaign County Jail around 10:15 Thursday night, according to a press release issued by authorities overnight.

Police have said the shooting happened after an argument spilled out of a Green Street apartment and became physical, including gunshots that struck bystanders, including Korchev. 

Patton, who has a lengthy criminal background including charges related to a 2015 shooting outside a restaurant, is being held on $5 million bond.

Police said they are still investigating the case, and they encourage anyone with information related to the incident to call the Champaign Police Department Investigations Division at (217) 351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 (TIPS).

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