Man arrested for attempted murder


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A Champaign man is in police custody on an attempted murder charge.

The Champaign Police Department announced in a press release that 29-year-old Xavier Gary was arrested Thursday. Prosecutors say he was wanted on an arrest warrant for attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Investigators say Gary shot an 18-year-old boy before 3 a.m. on Friday near Francis Drive and Prospect Avenue.

The teenager is expected to survive. Police say he was shot several times in his left leg.

Gary’s bond was set at $1 million. He is being held at the Champaign County jail. Officers add they seized two guns when they arrested him.

The release says that Gary was also arrested for failing to appear for a felony possession/use of a firearm case on June 22.

Detectives say they are continuing to investigate the shooting. CPD asks anyone with additional information to contact them at 217-351-4545. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can also contact Crime Stoppers by calling 217-373-8477 (TIPS), going online at; or downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

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All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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