Man shot during robbery in southeast Carbondale

Carbondale police and firefighters use flashlights and lights from a firetruck to search the 900 block of East College Street on Saturday night. — April 9, 2016 in Carbondale, Ill. (Luke Nozicka | @lukenozicka)

By Bill Lukitsch, @Bill_LukitschDE

A man was shot Saturday night during a robbery on Carbondale’s southeast side.

The victim was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in the 900 block of East College Street when an armed motorist exited a separate vehicle and spoke with the victim, according to a Carbondale police news release. The suspect attempted to rob the man, a struggle ensued and the victim was shot once in the leg, police said.

The victim, whose name was not released as of Sunday afternoon, was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound at Carbondale Memorial Hospital, police said.


Police received the initial report at around 7 p.m. Saturday that a male gunshot wound victim was being treated at the hospital, which led to the investigation of the incident. He has since been released from the hospital. 

The suspect remains at large and is described by police as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, about 6-foot-1, weighing roughly 180 pounds. The suspect’s vehicle is a gray, four-door 1980’s model Chevrolet, possibly a Caprice, police said. 

The shooting is the third gun-violence episode reported by the Daily Egyptian in the past three weeks. 

The first Carbondale homicide of 2016 occurred in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday in the 400 block of West Walnut Street. Police responded to a shots-fired call about 2 a.m. on March 27 to find Tim Beaty, 41, killed in his home by a stray bullet. A second victim, Nehemiah Greenlee, was treated at Carbondale Memorial Hospital for a non-life-threatening injury.

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Three suspects have been apprehended on gun charges in connection to the shooting of Greenlee and are incarcerated at Jackson County Jail awaiting preliminary hearing.

No charges had been filed in relation to the homicide as of Sunday.


Police are still searching for Daniel Holmes, 21, of Carbondale, as the fourth suspect wanted on felony gun charges for alleged involvement in the Easter shooting.

Holmes is also suspected to have participated in a separate incident at Evolve Apartments at SIU, an apartment complex near campus, that sent one 19-year-old male victim to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the lower back.

Police consider Holmes armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457 or Crime Stoppers at 618-549-COPS (2677).

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Bill Lukitsch can be reached at [email protected] or 618-536-3329.