Suspects Identified, Warrants Issued in Nov. 18 N. Hickory Street Shooting Investigation

Champaign Police have identified three suspects in connection to the Nov. 18 N. Hickory Street shooting investigation that hospitalized a 25-year-old female victim with serious gunshot wounds. Arrest warrants for the following individuals have been issued for the offense of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Bond on the warrant for each was set at $500,000.

Donnie Caldwell Jr. (left), a 21-year-old Champaign man, 5 feet 8 inches (5’8’’) tall and approximately 170 pounds.  




Deveonta Lindsey (left), a 25-year-old Champaign man, 5 feet 8 inches (5’8’’) tall and approximately 165 pounds.




Dante Pickens (left), a 25-year-old Champaign man, 5 feet 11 inches (5’11’’) tall and approximately 200 pounds.




On Nov. 18, 2018 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Champaign Police responded to the 700 block of N. Hickory Street following reports of gunfire. Upon arrival, police learned a 25-year-old female victim had been transported to a local hospital where she was treated for life-threatening gunshot wounds.

The investigation revealed the victim was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling northbound on Hickory Street when a second vehicle pulled alongside and opened fire into the victim’s vehicle, striking the female victim.

Although arrest warrants have been issued, police continue to investigate the incident. Anyone with information on the shooting, or the whereabouts of Caldwell Jr., Lindsey or Pickens is encouraged to contact Police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately with police. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

Champaign Police reminds citizens that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime.