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UPDATE: Prosecutors to request trying Bloomington juvenile as an adult for shooting another teen last week


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Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 2:41 PM CST
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UPDATE (4:25 p.m.) - McLean County State’s Attorney Don Knapp told 25 News late Monday afternoon his office plans on asking a judge to transfer the 14-year old boy’s case into adult court for the shooting a week ago that seriously wounded a 16-year old boy.

Knapp declined to say why his office planned to make the request citing rules prohibiting him from commenting on specifics of the case.

In a separate weapons case, a McLean County judge last month granted the prosecution’s request to try 16-year old Tayshaun Johnson as an adult for allegedly bringing a loaded handgun to Bloomington High School in early November. Johnson is awaiting trial in that case.

BLOOMINGTON (25 NEWS) - A 14-year-old boy was arrested at his home in Bloomington Monday morning as part of an investigation into a shooting on Monday, December 27.

During the juvenile’s arrest, Bloomington Police also located and seized an illegal, stolen and defaced firearm, according to a police department release.

The 14-year-old was arrested for aggravated battery with a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm and defacing identification marks of a firearm.

Bloomington Police responded at around 7:22 p.m. Monday, December 27, 2021 to the 700 block of East Wood Street for a report of a shooting, locating a 16-year-old boy.

At the time, the 16-year-old was considered to be in serious, but stable condition.

“The men and women of the Bloomington Police Department are committed to solving violent crimes in this city, as well as preventing future shooting incidents. Their diligent effort led to the arrest and recovery of another illegally possessed firearm, the fifth of 2022. It is very unfortunate this tragedy occurred, but I am grateful this incident did not result in the loss of life. Our thoughts are with the victim and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery,” said Chief Jamal Simington.

The circumstance(s) surrounding the incident is still under investigation, according to police.. The 16-year-old victim is still considered in serious but stable condition.

Anyone with information should contact BPD Detective Kevin Raisbeck at 309-434-2593 / KRaisbeck@cityblm.org or BPD Detective Curt Maas at 309-434- 2534 / CMaas@cityblm.org.

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