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

BLOOMINGTON — One of three men allegedly involved in a gang-related gunfire incident near downtown earlier this week was charged Thursday with two weapons offenses.

In a probable-cause statement read in court Thursday, prosecutor Jeff Horve said the three men confronted two others at Franzetti's Pantry in the 800 block of East Washington Street around 1:30 p.m.

The dispute involved "an ongoing gang-related beef" heated up by exchanges on social media, said Horve. 

The three men chased the victims into the street where Hibbler allegedly fired two shots towards the men. Witness accounts and surveillance video from the store supports the allegation against Hibbler, said Horve.

"At some point he brandishes the weapon and fired two shots," said Horve.

A handgun was found at an apartment in the 700 block of East Jefferson Street where police also located the three suspects. Horve said shell casings found near the scene of the incident were linked to the gun.

Hibbler must post $50,035 to be released. Hamer was jailed in lieu of posting $5,035, and Carroll must post $2,535.

The three men are scheduled to be back in court March 8 for arraignments. 

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny

McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.

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