1 injured after shots fired at 10th Street

Staff Report

The Charleston Police Department responded to a shots fired call at 11:59 p.m. Sunday on the 1400 block of 10th Street.

One victim was identified and transported to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, being released later with a non-life-threatening wound.

The investigation into the shots fired call is ongoing. According a press release, officers observed a vehicle leaving the area while responding to the call. The officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which led to the arrest of Brandon Hightower, 22, of Charleston, formerly Danville and Braxton Johnson, also 22, of Charleston, formerly Chicago.

The officers arrested Hightower for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. They also arrested Johnson for the same crime along with unlawful use of a weapon and armed violence. The police took both men to the Coles County Jail pending a hearing.

A search of the vehicle revealed over two pounds of cannabis in a bag. Police also discovered the drug on Hightower’s person. Johnson was in possession of cannabis and had a firearm concealed in his waistband.

The University Police Department, Coles County Sheriff’s Department and members of Coles County’s Crisis Response Team assisted the CPD with its initial investigation into the incident, a press release said.

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