Feb. 3, 2019 Shooting Suspect in Custody

Today, at approximately 2:05 p.m., 18-year-old Khalid Purnell (pictured left) surrendered to police at the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on Feb. 23, 2019 for the charge of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm in connection to a Feb. 3, 2019 shooting in the 1200 block of West Beardsley Avenue. An 18-year-old male victim was hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds as a result of the incident.


Bond on the warrant was set at $500,000.

Although an arrest has been made, police continue to investigation the incident. Anyone who may have information related to this or other shootings should 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 373tips.com; 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.

All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.