BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington police used a video on social media, which included a suspect showing off a gun, in their investigation of two men accused of shooting toward an occupied building early Sunday in the 1900 block of Tracy Drive.
Yeshuran McNabb, 21, of the 700 block of North Adelaide Street in Normal, was charged Thursday with aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a known gang member, and unlawful use of a weapon. A co-defendant, Joshua Gunn, faces two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.
Prosecutors said the arrests came after execution of a search warrant at Gunn's residence, 1901 Tracy Drive, which is near the gunfire scene, police said.
There were no injuries reported.
First Assistant State's Attorney Brad Rigdon said in court Thursday that officers were sent to the scene around 4:15 a.m. Sunday after witnesses reported hearing several gunshots, a slight pause, and then more gunfire. Police later found evidence of guns being fired at the scene.
“During the investigation, police were made aware of a social media video which included McNabb holding a pistol and co-defendant Gunn dancing in the background,” Rigdon said.
Gunn, Rigdon added, had been paroled recently after pleading guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a firearm owners identification card.
McNabb admitted he was a member of a gang and to firing a .380 Luger, Rigdon said.
McNabb will have to post $35,035 to be released.
Witnesses identified Gunn as also being outside when the shots were fired, according to court documents. Two guns were found during a search warrant of his property.
Even if Gunn is able to raise the $30,035 he needs to be released, he would not be able to leave jail because the Illinois Department of Corrections issued a parole violation warrant following his arrest.
Both men are set for arraignment on May 31.
Prosecutors did not say if there was any connection to a second gunfire incident later that night. At 9:06 p.m. Sunday, an officer was on extra patrol in the same block of Tracy Drive when he heard shots fired from behind his patrol car. Officers located evidence of gunfire that struck two buildings; again, no injuries were reported.
No suspect information has been released regarding that incident.
Anyone with information is asked contact Detective Jared Bierbaum at 309-434-2807 or JBierbaum@cityblm.org.
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