B-N Teenager Faces Gun Charges After Homicide; Police Still Seeking Shooter | WGLT

B-N Teenager Faces Gun Charges After Homicide; Police Still Seeking Shooter

Jan 3, 2020

An 18-year-old faces weapons charges related to Tuesday's fatal shooting in Normal, though police say the killer remains at large.

Garrett Riley Ahlfield of Bloomington faces nine weapons-related charges.
Credit McLean County Sheriff's Department

Tariq L. Houston, 17, of Springfield was fatally shot in the stomach outside an apartment in northwest Normal on New Year's Eve. Police said it was an isolated incident apparently tied to a dispute at a party.

Garrett Riley Ahlfield, 18, of Bloomington, has been arrested "for acts related to but (that) were not the cause of the homicide," Normal Police said Friday.

After Houston was shot, Ahlfield allegedly walked up to the crowd and fired five rounds from a handgun into the air and then fled the area on foot.

Ahlfield was charged with nine weapons-related offenses. He's being held at the McLean County jail on $300,000 bond.

Normal Police said it's working with local, state, and federal partners to find the actual shooter. It's an active and ongoing investigation.

NPD says it's "working diligently to develop further information that will lead us to the individual responsible for the shooting of Tariq Houston."

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