Suspect in Oct. 18, 2019, Shooting Investigation Arrested

Jabari Morris

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On Oct. 21, 2019, at approximately 6:15 p.m., the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force with assistance from the United States Marshals Service arrested Jabari Morris, 20, of Rantoul, in Kankakee, Illinois. He was arrested without incident.

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.

On Oct. 19, 2019, an arrest warrant was issued for Morris in connection to the shooting for the offense of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Bond on the warrant was set at $500,000. Following his arrest, Morris was transported to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office where he is awaiting future court proceedings.

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

Although an arrest has been made, the investigation into the shooting remains ongoing. Anyone who may have additional information 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.

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