Two teens, two men arrested after house hit by gunfire, vehicular invasion

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RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — Two Atlanta men and two teenagers were arrested Tuesday by Rantoul Police after a house was hit by bullets.

A press release from Deputy Chief Justin Bouse says officers were dispatched around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday after shots were heard near Autumn Fields Lane and Pheasant Ridge Drive.

The deputy chief says arriving officers found a house that had been shot several times, adding its residents were unhurt.

Witnesses told police they saw a small white car pull up in front of the home before the shots rang out.

RPD says they used license plate scanners, which quickly identified the suspect’s car. Police then relayed information to other law enforcement agencies.

The press release says a Champaign County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the car going south on U.S. Route 45, approaching the north side of Urbana.

Police say the car was speeding and didn’t make the turn into the I-74 westbound on-ramp, and instead went into the grass and broke down.

That’s when officers say four people got out of the car and ran south. They crossed I-74, the release says, and went into the Steak ‘n Shake parking lot, 2009 Kenyon Road.

The four people then tried entering cars that were sitting in the drive-thru, the release says. Then at one point, police say they pulled an elderly woman out of her car, but she resisted and they took off running towards the south.

Investigators say the four people entered the Urbana Country Club golf course and were arrested after a foot chase.

The four were identified in the release as:

  • Patrick M. Briggs, 19, of Urbana.
  • William Z Laws, 22, of Atlanta.
  • Teron R. Laws, 20, of Atlanta.
  • A 15-year-old minor.

Briggs is also a resident on the 1200 block of West Church Street in Urbana, according to police. Officers also say they recovered three guns from the flight path of the suspects.

The release says the minor was taken to the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center, and the other three were booked at the Champaign County Jail.

All are charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and vehicular invasion, according to the release. Police add Briggs and William Laws were wanted on parole warrants.

ORIGINAL STORY: RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — Police in Rantoul say four people are in custody after shots were fired at a house late Tuesday morning.

Deputy Chief Justin Bouse says officers were dispatched around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday after shots were heard near Autumn Fields Lane and Pheasant Ridge Drive.

Police got to the scene and found a house that was struck by gunfire, the deputy chief says. He adds no one was hurt.

Officers say a car that was involved was seen going south on U.S. Route 45, entering the north side of Urbana. Bouse says four people ran from that vehicle on the on-ramp of I-74.

Police say they arrested those four people on the golf course at the Urbana Country Club.

Rantoul Police say they’re still actively investigating.

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