Man charged in East St. Louis shooting

News-DemocratApril 17, 2013 

A 20-year-old man sought by police since a Friday shooting in East St. Louis was located Monday in Charleston, Ill.

Courtney Gray, of 600 block of North 61st Street, was originally being sought for questioning in connection with a shooting that occurred about 11:30 a.m. Friday. Witnesses identified the suspect for police, Police Chief Michael Floore said.

Gray was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery with a firearm, and his bond was set at $500,000.

The unidentified 31-year-old victim was in front of his mother's house cutting grass when the suspect walked up to the house, pulled out what appeared to be a Tech Nine and shot the victim multiple times, Floore said.

The victim was released from the hospital over the weekend, police said.

Floore said Gray was picked up by Eastern Illinois University police in a friend's dorm room. "He was arrested for trespassing and possession of ammunition on campus property," Floore said.

Gray was arrested in Charleston without incident and did not have a weapon, Floore said.

"They realized that he was wanted by the East St. Louis Police Department and called us," Floore said.

East St. Louis Detective Sgt. Jerry Simon went to Charleston, interviewed Gray and returned him to the St. Clair County Jail.

He was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery with a firearm. His bond was set at $500,000.

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