CARBONDALE — Police in Harrisburg have arrested an alleged gunman in an April 12 shooting in downtown Carbondale that left four injured, including innocent bystanders.
On Thursday afternoon, around 2 p.m., officers arrested Jody Pullen Jr., 27, in the 400 block of Small Street in Harrisburg, according to a news release from Carbondale Police Department.
Pullen was wanted on charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated battery with a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting. He had been at large since the shooting.
Pullen is currently incarcerated in the Saline County Jail, Carbondale Police indicated in the news release.
“Our officers and our investigators have done a tremendous job resolving a traumatic and senseless incident," said Carbondale Police Chief Jeff Grubbs. "One part of that was identifying and removing this violent offender from the community. I appreciate the assistance of the public in furthering the efforts of our officers as we continue on with this investigation.”
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The shooting, which occurred in the alley between Tres Hombres and ABC Liquors on a warm spring night when many were out on the town, evolved from a dispute among several acquaintances, Grubbs previously told The Southern.
Two of the people who were injured were involved in the dispute, and two of the injured were bystanders, Grubbs said.
Carbondale Police have not yet identified any subjects other than Pullen, but haven't ruled out the possibility.
"We continue to seek information regarding potential criminal actions of those who were involved in this incident which may lead to charges against them," Grubbs told The Southern last week.
The Carbondale Police Department was assisted by the Illinois State Police, the Harrisburg Police Department and the United States Marshals Service in Pullen's arrest, the CPD news release stated.
Pullen’s criminal record shows a string of felonies including guilty verdicts for criminal sexual assault and domestic battery.
Pullen is the brother of Jarrell Pullen, who was charged with first-degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of JaVon Trott, a 19-year-old from Johnston City, near the Eurma Hayes Community Center in Carbondale. Jarrell Pullen is set to face a jury trial related to that incident next week.