Bloomington man arrested for attempted murder


BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WCIA) — Members of the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force have arrested a man for attempted murder.

Joseph Thornton III, 49, of Bloomington, was arrested Thursday, July 2nd in Nashville, Tennessee for a McLean County, Illinois warrant.

Thornton was arrested for his involvement in a shooting that happened on June 3rd. Around 1:30 a.m., officers were called to the 800 block of East Washington Street for a person who was shot.

When officers arrived, they found a 37-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was initially transported to St. Joseph’s Emergency Room, but was later transferred to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria.

The victim is believed to have life threatening injuries.

Thornton is being held in the Davidson County Jail in Nashville, Tennessee, awaiting extradition to McLean County.

He is being charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, discharging of a firearm, felony possession of a weapon, and unlawful use of weapons.

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