A teenager is wanted in connection with the shooting death of a bystander near the U of I campus last weekend, and police believe the shooting stemmed from a spilled drink at a party. 18 year old Robbie Patton of Champaign is charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm and remains at large.
Authorities in Champaign County filed the charges this morning, saying the investigation showed Patton was firing randomly early Sunday morning in Campustown, although it appears he was trying to get revenge for the beating of a friend less than an hour beforehand. Prosecutors say a spilled drink at a party resulted in a fight between two women that ended up outside in a nearby parking lot. A male acquaintance of one of the women was beaten by four or five other men and left lying on the ground with no one assisting him. Patton was nearby and apparently learned of the attack on his friend and headed toward the area with a gun and allegedly began firing into a crowd, injuring three people and killing 22 year old George Korchev of Mundelin, who was walking through the area with friends when the violence broke out. The other injured people are recovering. A second shooting that evening a few blocks away was not related to the first shooting, according to authorities. Patton was just released from a halfway house on September 9 for a previous gun conviction.