East St. Louis police make arrest in 1 shooting, search for suspect in another

News-DemocratAugust 3, 2013 

— Investigators have arrested a woman accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend Thursday night but they have not received any cooperation from a man who was shot early Friday behind a nightclub.

The victim in the Friday shooting told police he was in the 200 block of Collinsville Avenue when he was shot, Police Chief Michael Floore said.

Police officers have talked to a witness who said he was in the rear of Denese's nightclub at 218 Collinsville Ave. at 2:15 a.m. Friday.

"The witness said he heard several shots ring out behind Denese's," Floore said.

Witnesses told police the victim was laying about 200 feet from the rear door of the club.

"He had been on a party bus that was parked in the rear of the building. Someone from the bus put the victim on the bus and drove him to Touchette Regional Hospital" in Centreville, Floore said.

The victim, whose name was not released, sustained bullet wounds to his left forearm and abdomen. Floore said the victim was in stable condition.

No arrests have been made in this case.

Denese Drummond, owner of the nightclub, said the business had closed about 1:50 a.m. Friday and no one from the party bus had been at the club.

Drummond said there were some people on the parking lot when she left. "I have no knowledge of the shooting" or when the people on the lot left the area, she said.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to call the East St. Louis Police Department at 618-482-6700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.

In the Thursday night shooting, a 42-year-old East St. Louis mother is sitting in jail because she is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend at her home at 520 N. 46th St.

Her name was not released because charges are pending.

Floore said officers learned that the suspect's ex-boyfriend had been shot outside the home and the suspect's 17-year-old son was grazed by a bullet that came from the ex-boyfriend's gun.

Floore gave this account of what happened:

"The victim came to his ex-girlfriend's house and she was entertaining another male friend. She asked him to leave. He came back and knocked on a side window. She did not know who the knocker was, so she told him to come to the front of the house. She opened the door to talk to him and he went inside of the house and pulled out a gun. She shot him. He returned gunfire and the bullet from his gun grazed her 17-year-old son in the shoulder."

The suspect was taken to the East St. Louis jail, where she remained Saturday.

The victim was taken to a hospital where he was in stable condition. The teenager and the male victim were initially treated at the scene by paramedics, Floore said.

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

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