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CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- A shooting on Sunday injured one person, according to city police. 

Officers were dispatched at 11:59 p.m. that day to the 1400 block of 10th Street in reference to a shots fired call and found and identified a victim, who police have not named. The victim was transported to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center with a non-life threatening wound and later released, Charleston police officials report. 

Braxton J. Johnson, 22, of Charleston, formerly Chicago, was arrested in connection with the shooting. 

While responding, officers observed a vehicle leaving the area, according to police. Police stopped the vehicle in the 900 block of Grant Avenue.

The traffic stop led to the arrest of Brandon L. Hightower, 22, of Charleston, formerly Danville, and Johnson, police say.

Police said officers who stopped the vehicle smelled the odor of cannabis emanating from within. A search revealed over two pounds of cannabis in a bag in the vehicle.

Cannabis was also discovered on Hightower's person, police report. Johnson was also in possession of cannabis, but also had a firearm concealed in his waistline, according to authorities.

Johnson was arrested for armed violence, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannabis with an intent to deliver. Hightower was also placed under arrest for possession of cannabis with an intent to deliver. 

Both were sent to the Coles County Jail pending a hearing. According to jail records, both were still confined as of Tuesday. 

According to Charleston police, the investigation into the shots fired call is ongoing.



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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