EAST ST. LOUIS — An 18-year-old man was fatally stabbed early Monday by a man who police say later returned to the residence with a shotgun to shoot other family members.
Michael Barton, of 3212 Gross Ave., East St. Louis, was pronounced dead at 3:07 a.m. at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He died as a result of multiple stab wounds to the body, according to police.
A suspect is being held in the East St. Louis City Jail pending charges.
Police Chief Michael Floore said the victim and suspect got into a verbal fight, resulting in Barton being stabbed multiple times.
Police were dispatched to 835 N. 50th St. in East St. Louis after receiving a call about a fight. They found the victim, who had had been stabbed multiple times. The suspect had left the residence but returned with a shotgun, Floore said. Police arrested him at the scene.
Police believe the suspect, after killing the teenager, returned with the shotgun to the residence to kill other family members.
Police retrieved the shotgun from the suspect and have booked it into evidence, Floore said.
This is the city's 17th homicide this year.
Last week, State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said East St. Louis' murder rate had plunged 85 percent since June 1, when federal, state and local authorities began concentrating on violent crime in the city. However, four people have been killed since that time, including Barton and three fatal shootings outside a teen nightclub early Sunday morning.