Bloomington man charged in shooting that injured two people

Dominique Atwater, 26, of Bloomington. (Photo courtesy McLean County Sheriff’s Office)


By Howard Packowitz

BLOOMINGTON – McLean County prosecutors have charged a Bloomington man with a shooting that wounded two people on Tuesday in the Highland Hills apartment complex on the city’s southwest side.

The attorney for Dominique Atwater, 26, said this appears to be a case of self-defense. Atwater faces seven charges in all, including aggravated discharge of a firearm for allegedly shooting a gun in the direction of four people.

Police were called Tuesday afternoon to the 1700 block of Springfield Road.  Officers located the two injured people at a local hospital. They suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Associate Judge Sarah Duffy set bond at $200,000, meaning that Atwater has to come up with $20,035 cash to be released from the McLean County Jail.

Bloomington Police are still investigating and are not commenting about Atwater’s arrest.

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