Champaign police investigate accidental shooting

Champaign police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Friday morning at a Super 8 Motel, located at 202 W. Marketview Drive.

According to a release from the Champaign Police Department, officers interviewed both the victim and the suspect after responding to Carle Hospital for a report of a shooting. Preliminary information provided to police indicated 20-year-old Champaign resident Antonio Brown accidentally shot Indiana resident Sydni Kay Blackwell, his 20-year-old girlfriend.

Blackwell was wounded at the Super 8 Motel at 3:01 a.m. after Brown accidentally discharged a round while improperly handling a gun. Blackwell died at 12:45 p.m. at Carle Hospital.

Brown was arrested on the charge of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated discharge of a firearm after officers recovered the gun used in the shooting. He is currently being held at the Champaign County Jail.