Charges Filed in January 3, 2023, Shooting Investigation

A Champaign man has been arrested following an investigation into a January 2023 shooting incident. On January 3, 2023, Champaign Police were dispatched at 1:54 a.m. to the 2400 block of N. Neil Street for a report of a Shooting with Injury. Upon arrival, officers located a 40-year-old Champaign man with a potentially life-threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen. Personnel from the Champaign Police and Fire Departments rendered medical aid on-scene until the victim could be transported to an area hospital, where he received treatment. The victim was later released from the hospital and continues to recover from his injuries.

The investigation indicated that the victim was talking with a neighbor – later identified as 33-year-old Rolander Hampton of Champaign – when an argument ensued. The argument quickly escalated when Hampton produced a firearm, shooting the victim one time before fleeing the scene. On February 9, 2023, Hampton was arrested in Gary, Indiana for his involvement in this incident. He was transferred to the custody of the Champaign County Correctional Center on February 22, 2023, on charges including Aggravated Battery with a Firearm and Attempted First-Degree Murder.

The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force for their assistance during this investigation.

Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with additional information is asked to please 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 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.