A shooting outside of Pour Bros. Craft Taproom in Champaign has left an employee of the business in critical condition. The incident occurred just before 3:20 p.m. on Feb. 8, and Champaign police responded to a shooting in the 100 block of North Market Street. At the scene, officers found a 45-year-old man named Brandon Hardway with a potentially life-threatening gunshot wound to the torso.
The victim’s wife, Erin Hardway, confirmed her husband was the victim in a Facebook post, and a GoFundMe had raised more than $17,800 as of 5 p.m. on Friday. Hardway was hospitalized, and Champaign police arrested 24-year-old Fidele Tshimanga from Urbana in connection with the case. Pour Bros. described the shooting as an “unspeakable tragedy” on Facebook, and stated that “the Pour Bros. Family is not ok and will be taking the necessary time to support everyone impacted by this situation with love and positivity.”
The Champaign location is currently closed, but Pour Bros. will continue to operate its other locations “with a heavy heart.” These include 4450 N. Prospect Road Suite C-1, Peoria Heights 236 E. Front St., Bloomington, and 1209 4th Ave. Suite 2, Moline. The business thanked everyone in the community for their support and requested that “all the positive energy” keeps coming