Wisconsin Man Charged in Market Place Mall Shooting, Investigation Continues
A Milwaukee man faces a charge of Attempted Murder in connection with the shooting outside Champaign's Marketplace Mall on Sunday.
Champaign police have obtained a warrant for 28-year old Dontrell Thompson, who remains in Carle Hospital as a result of being fired upon by officers yesterday, but bond is fixed at $2.5 million.
The victim is still hospitalized as well. Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said a motive won't be determined as long as both men remain hospitalized, but it's believed the men know each other. Officers have also secured two vehicles from the mall parking lot that may have been used to transport both men.
Dunn said initial information indicated rounds may have been fired inside the mall as well, but she says no evidence has been found to support that claim.
"This shooting could have very easily affected more people," Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney said in a statement. "Our officers rushed to the shooter after hearing shots fired and stopped the shooter from causing further injury to the victim."
Finney said two off-duty officers who were already at the mall also assisted and prevented further injury.
Champaign Police, the Champaign County Sheriff's Department, and FBI continue their investigation.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Champaign Police or Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS.