Second Man Arrested in Connection to Campustown Shooting


CHAMPAIGN -- A Champaign man becomes the second arrested in a deadly shooting near the University of Illinois campus.

According to the Champaign News-Gazette, police say Wayne Colson, 20, was part of a fight that led to the shooting in the early morning hours of September 25. Colson is in the Champaign County Jail on a charge of Aggravated Battery.

Robbie Patton, 18, faces charges of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm in a shooting that killed George Korchev, 22, of Mundelein, and injured several others. Patton turned himself in on September 29, a day after police issued a warrant for his arrest.

In the days after the shooting, police revealed a fight began at an apartment, and spilled into the adjacent parking lot. Security camera footage did not show the shooting, but did show hundreds of people who were standing outside the party.

Police now say Colson was part of that fight, among a group of men kicking someone named Edwin McCraney while McCraney was on the ground near the 300 block of East Green Street.

Champaign Police Lt. Dave Shaffer told the News-Gazette they have video of the fight, but have had little help from the many witnesses that were there.

According to police, Patton became angry during the beating, and that's when he opened fire. Police say Korchev was walking by with a group of people, but was not part of the fight.

Colson was booked into the Champaign County Jail on Tuesday, on a charge of Aggravated Battery.  He was arraigned in Champaign County Wednesday. He's due back in court on November 8.

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