2 men charged in connection with reported shooting in Lawrence

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World File Photo

A Lawrence Police Department vehicle is seen in this file photo from September 2018.

Story updated at 4:25 p.m. Friday

Two men have been charged in Douglas County District Court in connection with a reported shooting.

Lawrence police arrested Camdon J. Collins, 18, and Jaren B. Collins, 19, both of McLouth, Thursday evening on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, according to jail records. However, both were charged Friday with one count of a less severe felony, criminal discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

The charges are in connection with a reported gunfire exchange around 1 a.m. Monday in the 2400 block of Louisiana Street. Lawrence Police Department spokesperson Patrick Compton told the Journal-World that officers spoke to witnesses at the scene who had heard gunfire, but it did not appear as though anyone was injured, and the department had not received any reports of related injuries as of Wednesday afternoon.

A 17-year-old boy was also charged with criminal discharge of a weapon for allegedly firing at an occupied vehicle in the same incident, the Journal-World reported Wednesday.

At a hearing before the juvenile pro tem judge Wednesday, an attorney for the boy said eyewitnesses told police that the boy was the one being chased by people in another vehicle, and the boy was reportedly not in possession of a firearm, the Journal-World reported. The attorney said that, according to the police affidavit in the case, people in the other car were found in possession of a firearm that was missing six bullets from the magazine.

The prosecutor requested that, given the nature of the allegations, the men be held on $100,000 cash or surety bonds. However, Judge Pro Tem James George granted both men $50,000 own-recognizance bonds.

As bond conditions, both men will have pretrial supervision with electronic GPS monitoring. They are not to have contact with any alleged victims or witnesses, nor with each other, the judge told them individually.

The Journal-World has requested both men’s booking photos from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office but did not immediately receive a response about whether they would be released Friday.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with the defendants’ charges.


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