Bloomington police surround an apartment building in the 700 block of East Jefferson Street on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

BLOOMINGTON — Three men are expected to be formally charged with mob action in connection with a Tuesday afternoon incident when shots were fired about eight blocks east of downtown Bloomington.

A 21-year-old man from Bloomington, a 21-year-old man from Normal, and a 23-year-old man from Bloomington are expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon, following their arrests after the incident.

All three are being held in McLean County jail, pending their court appearance where bond will be set. The Pantagraph does not name suspects in such cases until formal charges are filed.

Bloomington Police Public Affairs Officer John Fermon said Wednesday that officers were on the scene in the 800 block of East Washington Street around 1:26 p.m. Tuesday, and reported several people fled on foot. Officers identified two victims of the alleged mob action, numerous witnesses and located physical evidence of the shooting. There were no injuries reported.

A search warrant was obtained for an apartment in the 700 block of East Jefferson, where police located a gun and ammunition, Fermon said. The men  also were arrested at that location.

The investigation is continuing, he added.

According to Illinois statutes, mob action occurs when two or more people acting together disturb the peace by knowingly or recklessly using force or violence with the intent to commit or facilitate the commission of a crime, or when two or more people assemble for the purpose of doing violence to someone.

Mob action is a Class 4 felony.

Because the incident was about four blocks east of Washington Elementary School, police officials informed District 87. They later assured school officials it was safe to release students at the usual dismissal time. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact BPD Detective Steve Moreland at 309-434-2359 or smoreland@cityblm.org.

The Bloomington Police Department is hosting a previously announced meeting on the recent gun violence in the city Wednesday evening. Chief Clay Wheeler will lead the discussion at 5:30 p.m. at his bimonthly focus meeting in the department's Osborn Room.

Photos: 2018-19 McLean County jail mugshots

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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