Police Searching for Suspect Involved in Carbondale Shooting

Police Searching for Suspect Involved in Carbondale Shooting

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are looking for a suspect involved in a recent shooting.

Police responded to the 800 block of North Marion Street regarding a report of shots fired shortly after 5 p.m. on July 24. During the course of the investigation, detectives identified the suspect as 36-year-old James A. Blanding of Murphysboro, considered armed and dangerous.  

Police said Blanding pulled up in a grey or silver Jeep Wrangler in front of a home where people were gathered and fired several shots. As the people at the home fled, Blanding exited the Jeep and fired several more shots before driving south away from the area. Blanding then drove east on either East Willow or East Larch Street. Blanding has a distinctive limp when walking.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, but some property damage was discovered.

Detectives with help from the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s office obtained an arrest warrant for Blanding for charges of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Unlawful Use/Possession of a Weapon by a Felon with a $750,000 bond.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Carbondale Police.

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