Police investigating shots fired incident

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Police are investigating a shots fired incident near Carle at the Fields.

Champaign Police spokesperson Tom Yelich said no one was hurt. The incident took place Sunday afternoon around 12:42 p.m. Police made two arrests.

According to a statement from Champaign police, officers found 11 shell casings in the Health Alliance parking lot in the 3500 block of Fields South Drive.

That’s where police say 31-year-old Anthony D. Jamerson of Champaign, and 28-year-old Jovan S. Saulsberry of Bourbonnais were walking toward a Jimmy John’s when someone driving a red Kia opened fire at them.

Witnesses later told police the two men were also carrying guns when they fled to a nearby Hampton Inn. Officers later served a warrant at the hotel and discovered two handguns with extended capacity magazines. One of the guns was stolen, according to police.

Police are still looking for information about the driver of the red Kia.

Jamerson and Saulsberry were sent to the Champaign County Correctional Center pending a court date.

CPD confirmed to WCIA Anthony Jamerson was related to Aaron Jamerson, who died after a shooting last weekend. Hampton Inn hotel manager Matthew Bushell said the two men were in town for Aaron Jamerson’s funeral and had been guests at the hotel for the past several days.

“It was kind of a shock to us because they had been great guests and talkative and polite,” Bushell said. “But then that wasn’t the case for the afternoon.”

Bushell said the hotel activated its crisis response protocol and alerted guests to the situation. The three employees who had been on duty when the two men ran in were able to take shelter in safe spots.

At this time, police do not know if the incidents are related. Both are still under investigation.

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