Driver allegedly involved in party bus shooting faces 2 charges


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Posted Online: Jan. 29, 2013, 8:51 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
Police said Travis Diontrae Harris, 25, was driving the night his passenger, Diontae McBride, 22, allegedly fired six shots at a party bus in the District of Rock Island and struck a man in the elbow.

Both Rock Island men are charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm for the shooting ofAntwon Crawford, 33, of Davenport.

Mr. Harris and Mr. McBride spent the night of Nov. 24 in the District with two female friends, leaving an area bar shortly after 3 a.m., Rock Island Police Detective Greg Whitcomb testified at a preliminary hearing for Mr. Harris on Tuesday in Rock Island County Circuit Court.

As the four got into a vehicle, Mr. McBride allegedly pulled out a revolver and made threats about "getting back" at several individuals for a dispute the night prior, Detective Whitcomb said.

Mr. Harris is accused of driving the vehicle alongside a bus traveling on 1st Avenue, in between 18th and 19th Street, where Mr. McBride allegedly aimed the revolver out the window and fired six shots at the bus, Detective Whitcomb said.

Multiple witnesses of the incident reported seeing someone in a blue car fire the shots, one of which struck Mr. Crawford, a bus passenger, the detective said.

Mr. Harris and his friends are accused of fleeing the scene, driving across the river to Rhythm City Casino in Davenport, where surveillance cameras recorded them entering the building about 3:14 a.m., according to court testimony.

Detective Whitcomb said police searched the attic of Mr. Harris' Rock Island home and found several firearms, as well as clothing believed to have been worn by Mr. Harris the night of the shooting.

Police have not yet recovered the gun involved with the incident, he added.

Mr. Harris and Mr. McBride have since denied being involved in the shooting. Mr. Harris further told police he was not aware firearms were in his home and claimed a passenger in his vehicle lied to police about Mr. Harris' alleged involvement in the shooting.

Mr. Harris and Mr. McBride remained in the Rock Island County Jail on Tuesday evening, each on $250,000 bond. A pretrial conference is scheduled Feb. 1 for Mr. McBride and March 8 for Mr. Harris.




















 




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