Juvenile shooting suspect surrenders

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Update: 4:45 pm, 5/21/19, Tuesday 

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The teenager wanted in the shooting death of another teen has turned himself into police.

14-year old Elijha Booker was shot and killed. A 15-year old turned himself into the Juvenile Detention Center Tuesday morning. He appeared in court for his first hearing and is charged with unlawful use of a gun and involuntary manslaughter.

Investigators say, right now, they don’t have any reason to think it wasn’t an accident. Another teenager there at the time, a 17-year old, was also hurt.

Officials say only one shot was fired. The single bullet passed through Booker and hit the 17-year old who was sleeping. The shot was fired in the living room of the 15-year old’s home.

He is already on probation for aggravated battery. Investigators say after he shot Booker, they couldn’t find him. Even his mother said she didn’t know where he was.

About ten family members came with the teenager to turn him in about 4 am, Tuesday. When asked if they had any comment, the 15-year old’s family said no.

Booker’s dad said he doesn’t any specific way he hopes the case turns out. He said it’s now in God’s hands. 

Original: 9:45 am, 5/21/19, Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A 15-year old wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of a 14-year old has turned himself into police. He surrendered to the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center about 4:40 am, Tuesday.

The juvenile faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon.

Authorities say he may have inadvertently fired a gun about 1:30 am, Saturday, May 11, in a home in the 1600-block of Hedge Road. 14-year old Elijha Booker was killed and a 17-year old sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Although charges have been filed, officials say it’s an ongoing investigation.

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