Carbondale police identify man arrested for Sunday morning gunfire

By Bill Lukitsch, @Bill_LukitschDE

Carbondale police arrested one suspect after receiving multiple reports of gunfire early Sunday morning in a residential area on the southeast side of town.

Timothy Walker, 36, of Texas, was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm, police said in a news release Monday. No one was injured during the incident, police said.

Walker is incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail.


Officers responded to a shots-fired call at 3:25 a.m. in the vicinity of East Hester Street during which police were unable to locate a suspect or any leads, said Lt. Paul Edwards of the Carbondale Police Department.

Shortly after, investigators found evidence that a firearm was discharged multiple times in the 300 and 400 blocks of East Mill Street while responding to a second call placed at 4:11 a.m., Edwards said.

Walker appeared before Judge Kimberly Dahlen in a Jackson County court Monday. His bond was set at $500,000 for a single felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

The information of the state’s case against Walker alleges he knowingly possessed a silver handgun in violation of Illinois concealed carry statutes. 

Police could not say if additional suspects are wanted in the case.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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