Two men shot, one fatally, in East St. Louis

News-DemocratJune 26, 2013 

— A 24-year-old man was shot multiple times in the 1000 block of Bond Avenue and later pronounced dead on arrival at a St. Louis hospital.

Police Chief Michael Floore confirmed that the victim is Marzell Travis of Belleville. He said police were called at 10 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a report of "shots fired, man down," Floore said.

"When officers arrived in the area, they located a male victim on the ground in front of 1032 Bond Ave. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival," Floore said.

A second man, Carlos Bryson, 21, of East St. Louis, also was shot while walking to his car to put his phone on the charger. He was taken to a local hospital where he remains.

Floore said Travis was shot multiple times. No suspects have been identified. Floore said police are still investigating the shooting that left one dead and one injured.

Marquis Bryson, the brother of Carlos Bryson, said he was shocked when he heard the news that his younger brother had been shot.

"I was at a loss for words, just shocked, he said.

He said Carlos was not a trouble maker and didn't get into any trouble. Bryson said his brother was shot two times in different locations on his body.

"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I am pretty sure he didn't do anything to anybody. He doesn't get into trouble," Bryson said.

Bryson said his brother was not with the deceased victim. "He was just in the area," Bryson said.

Teri Scott, youth program administrator for Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, said Carlos Bryson was part of Lessie Bates' Teen Outreach Program for more than four years.

"We never encountered any problems with Carlos. We've always known him to be a mild-mannered individual," Scott said.

Scott said summer programs like those offered at Lessie Bates are necessary.

"This shooting shows that more needs to be done to reach out to educate more youths about gun violence and what it is doing to our community and families," Scott said.

Vera Jones, director of Development and Marketing at Lessie Bates, said the organization is joining a St. Louis organization to do a toy gun buy-back program "to educate youth and parents about the danger of guns," Jones said.

"Individuals can bring in knives, violent video games and exchange them for educational toys. It's about changing the mindset of our youth and teaching them about gun violence," Jones said. "Education is key."

The event will be held from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. July 13 at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center.

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