EAST ST. LOUIS — Two men were shot in two separate shootings and ended up at the same gas station.
Their injuries were not life threatening, East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore said. And, no one has been arrested in either case, but Floore said police believe the two shootings are connected.
"We have persons of interest in mind, but no one is in custody at this time," he said.
In the first shooting, police were dispatched at 9:30 p.m. Friday night to a gas station at 8301 State St. to investigate a report of a shooting.
"When officers arrived, they located a maroon 2006 Pontiac Grand Am with one male subject in it," Floore said. The man appeared to be bleeding from his left leg.
The unidentified victim told police that he was driving on South 75th Street at Marybelle Avenue when several gunshots were fired into his vehicle. Floore said the car was shot multiple times.
The 26-year-old East St. Louis resident said he didn't see who was shooting at his car
Then, at 2:41 a.m. Saturday, police were once again dispatched to 8301 State St. where a 25-year- male victim told police that four black men in a gray, four-door, Malibu leaned out of the car and began firing at him, Floore said.
The victim who was shot in the shoulder was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Floore said police located the abandoned Malibu, which turned out to be a rental car bearing Missouri license.
Floore said police believe the shootings are related.
Anyone with any information regarding these shootings is urged to call the East St. Louis Police Department at 482-6700.