Suspect Identified, Warrant Issued in Oct. 18, 2019, Shooting Investigation

Jabari Morris

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Champaign Police have identified Jabari Morris, 20, of Rantoul, as the suspect in an Oct. 18, 2019, shooting investigation and are now enlisting public support to help locate him.

On Oct. 18, 2019, at approximately 8:26 p.m., Champaign Police learned a 32-year-old male victim arrived at a local hospital by personal vehicle with two non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to his leg. The preliminary investigation revealed the shooting occurred in the parking lot of a business in the 1800 block of West Kirby Avenue and evidence was recovered from the scene. The shooting is believed to have been preceded by a verbal argument.

In connection to the shooting, an arrest warrant has been issued for Morris for the offense of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Bond on the warrant was set at $500,000.

Morris is described as a black male, 5 feet 5 inches tall and approximately 120 pounds with black hair.

The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office for its assistance during this investigation.

Anyone who may have information on this shooting or the whereabouts of Morris is encouraged to contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements may be made for information to be shared privately. If you wish to remain anonymous you 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 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.

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