On August 12, 2021, at approximately 9:02 a.m., Champaign Police responded to the area of South New Street and West University Avenue for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 35-year-old male sitting inside the driver’s seat of a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital and remains stable.
The preliminary investigation indicates the victim’s vehicle was traveling southbound on New Street, stopping at the West University intersection. The suspect vehicle approached the intersection from the north, stops, and then the offender fired multiple rounds into the victim’s vehicle. Eight spent shell casings were located in the roadway.
As the investigation progressed, Champaign Police identified Brandon L. Partlow, 31, of Champaign, as the suspect in the shooting, who is believed to be a known acquaintance of the victim. An arrest warrant for Partlow was obtained by the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office for the offense of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Bond on the warrant was set at $2 million.
Partlow is described as a black male, six feet tall, and weighs approximately 210 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office for its assistance during this investigation.
Champaign Police ask that anyone who has information on Partlow’s whereabouts, or additional information related to the shooting, to please contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately. 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.
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All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.