Student arrested in connection with 7th Street shooting; victim named

Corryn Brock, Associate News Editor

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An Eastern student, 21-year-old Tatyana Jackson of Kankakee, Illinois, was arrested for obstruction of justice in the shooting of her fiancée, Devontae Gentry of Kankakee, that occurred on March 3.

Jackson, who is listed as a pre-nursing major on Eastern’s website, is said to have provided a false name to police and hid information regarding a firearm registered to her that she claimed went missing an hour before the shooting, according to a press release from the Charleston Police Department.

According to the press release, two different calibers of shell casings were found on the scene.

Gentry, who was sedated for 11 days following the shooting, was asked for a description of his assailant and for his account of the events but did not wish to cooperate with CPD detectives.

Gentry was in the 1000 block of 7th Street when he was shot in the abdomen and later transported to Carle Foundation Hospital.

The investigation on the matter is still ongoing. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to visit to submit anonymous information.

Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].