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Suspect arrested on attempted murder charges in connection to Friday night shooting

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Bloomington Police Department officers have arrested a suspect in connection to a shooting on South Madison Street Friday night. The suspect, Quentin R. Farmer, Sr., was arrested on attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and criminal recklessness charges.

According to a BPD press release, officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired near the 2600 block of South Madison Street around 10:00 p.m. on June 16. While responding to these reports, the Central Emergency Dispatch Center received a report that a man had been shot and was lying in the driveway of a residence in the 100 block of Willow Court.

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Upon arriving to the residence on Willow Court, officers found a 34-year-old man – who was still lying in the driveway – with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers learned the man had been shot in the 2600 block of South Madison Street but have driven himself to the residence on Willow Court.

Officers administered emergency medical care to the victim, who was then transported to an area hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. The man is considered in stable condition, according to the press release.

After interviewing multiple witnesses, investigators determined the victim had arrived in a vehicle to the 2600 block of South Madison Street, where officers had located eight nine-millimeter shell casings near the intersection of South Madison Street and West Watson Street. Investigators believe an argument between the victim and Farmer had ensued and that during this argument, Farmer produced a handgun from his waistband and shot the victim. The victim was able to get into his vehicle and drive to the Willow Court residence where officers found him.

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According to the release, Farmer fled the scene of the shooting and was not initially located by officers. BPD issued an arrest warrant for Farmer later Friday night. An officer patrolling South Madison Street located Farmer around 9:00 p.m. Saturday and took him into custody without incident.

The officer transported Farmer to the BPD station for an interview. From there, he was transported to the Monroe County Jail and booked on attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and criminal recklessness charges.

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