Teen dead, 2 shot in Washington Park as cops investigate possible gang war

News-DemocratMay 2, 2013 

A 17-year-old died and two others were injured in shootings in Washington Park and police are trying to determine whether the violence is related to gangs.

Tramond Davis, of 1608 N. 48th St. in Washington Park, died after he was shot about 6 p.m. Wednesday, St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone said. He died from gunshot wounds to the head, chest and abdomen at Old Lincoln Trail and Illinois 161 in Fairview Heights as his brother tried to get him to the hospital, Stone said.

Two other men were also shot, one with life-threatening injuries, at another location, Washington Park Police Chief David Clark said.

While Clark said a police are still trying to determine what led to the shootings and how they are linked, he said police believe "these shootings are probably going to be a continuation of shootings that have been occurring in the last two weeks."

The victim's brother and another unidentified man were being held for questioning at the Washington Park Police station, Clark said.

"We do know there's been an ongoing feud between two separate groups in the Washington Park-East St. Louis area that has resulted in several shootings and murders. We are looking into whether there's a relationship," Illinois State Police Capt. James Morrisey said.

State Police are handling the investigation and trying to determine whether all of the shootings are related to gangs, Morrisey said.

Clark said police were first called at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

"Two people were shot at 46th and Hallows. One, we think is life threatening and the other one we don't believe is," Clark said.

Ten minutes into their investigation, police got another call that there was a second shooting at 49th Street and Caseyville Avenue. It was the two brothers as they drove down an alley to go into the rear of their residence. Shots were fired, hitting one of the brothers in the car multiple times, Clark said.

The brother who was driving sped off to try to make it to Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Clark said.

En route he spotted a Fairview Heights Police officer and asked for help getting to the hospital, Morrisey said.

"The officers pulled the guy out and tried to treat him for his injuries, but they found out he was dead," Morrisey said.

The investigation led police to a person in the 1600 block of North 48th Street in Washington Park that they wanted to talk to in connection with the shootings. He, along with the dead teen's brother, are the ones being held.

The initial shooting scene at 46th and Hallows had multiple bullet casings all over the ground. The two victims from that shooting fled to the Roosevelt Homes in East St. Louis, where East St. Louis police were sent and had the pair taken to a St. Louis hospital.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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