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Arrest made after shots fired near Normal intersection

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NORMAL — Bond was set Monday for a 36-year-old Normal woman charged in a shooting in west Normal on Friday night.

Shanarra S. Spillers is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm (Class 4 felonies).

Police were called at 11:02 p.m. Friday to a report of shots fired around White Oak Road and College Avenue. After meeting with the caller, they determined that a "domestic dispute" had taken place between two people, according to a statement from the Normal Police Department.

Police said that they discovered the domestic violence incident started at a different location in Normal and proceeded to an area where the suspect shot at the male victim near College Avenue and White Oak Road.

Spillers and the victim were seated in a parked vehicle along the side of a road when the man exited the car and got into a friend's vehicle, prosecutors said.

The man and his friend heard a gunshot and they turned to see Spillers holding a handgun, prosecutors said.

No victims were injured in the incident, police said.

Police located a .45 caliber shell casing in the middle of White Oak Road. Spillers was stopped by police in her vehicle about two hours later in Normal and officers found a .45 handgun in her backseat, prosecutors said.

Spillers told police that she "used her left hand" when authorities began to swab her hands for gunpowder residue, prosecutors said.

She was "taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons," the police department said.

Asked to clarify, Officer Brad Park said Spillers had requested medical attention and it was deemed necessary by the Normal Fire Department to transport her to the hospital. No injuries were from the incident or from her arrest, he said.

Spillers was jailed in lieu of posting $10,035. She is due back in court June 10 for an arraignment.

This is at least the third shots fired incident this year in Normal. Officers were called in January to the 200 block of Lindell Drive after apartments and cars were struck by gunfire. Gunshots also were reported in the 300 block of Lindell Drive in Normal in early February.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed a law making it easier to pursue those who engage in organized retail theft.

Contact Brendan Denison at (309) 820-3238. Follow Brendan Denison on Twitter: @BrendanDenison

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