12 arrested in DeKalb shooting investigation

DeKALB - Twelve people were arrested after a shot was fired in a brawl over stolen marijuana outside the Travel Inn on Friday afternoon, DeKalb police said in a news release.

After a man took marijuana without paying for it earlier Friday, the dealer summoned about five other men to go to the Travel Inn, 1116 W. Lincoln Highway, to confront the alleged thief with a gun, according to the news release.

During the fight in the parking lot, a man was hit over the head with the gun and another person suffered a minor hand injury, but someone in the dealer's group fired a single shot and the dealer's group fled, police said. Police captured one of the fleeing men as they arrived on the scene about 12:30 p.m.; no one was shot and several people called 911.

Police said they interviewed at least 10 witnesses and searched a vehicle and apartment later Friday, ultimately finding the gun used in the shooting in the apartment. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, the DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office, Northern Illinois University police and Sycamore police helped with the investigation.

Aaron J. Harris and Tyrone M. Sally, two 19-year-olds from DeKalb, were charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated battery in a public way and mob action, police said.

Julio A. Martinez, 20, of Zion, was charged with unlawful delivery of less than 10 grams of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. Ten grams is about 0.35 ounces.

Bryce A. Meinert, 20, of Freeport, was charged with theft; Tanesha J. McCrary, 19, of DeKalb, was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charged with mob action were: Abreon B. Starks, 19, of DeKalb; Gilbert G. Burch, 18, of DeKalb; David I. Cortina, 19, of DeKalb; Maceo Penn, 18, of Chicago; Edward K. Reid, 18, of Chicago; Maurice Johnson, 18, of Chicago, and Isaiah L. Lee, 19, of DeKalb.