EAST ST. LOUIS — A barrage of bullets left a 20-year-old Cahokia man dead late Saturday on the parking lot of Deneice's Lounge, located in the 200 block of Collinsville Avenue, and police are searching for the shooter and a motive.
A white GMC Yukon or a white Chevrolet Suburban was seen driving down St. Louis Avenue right after the shooting. Police are looking for that vehicle, which had two or three occupants in it.
Kenneth S. Richards, whose last known address was 2004 Dolores, was identified by police as the victim.
Police Chief Michael Floore said officers were dispatched to 218 Collinsville Ave. at 11:44 p.m.
"When police arrived they found a black man with multiple gunshot wounds to his body. He was dead on the scene," Floore said.
Floore said witnesses told police that 50 or more people were outside on a back porch deck when a hail of gunshots rang out.
The news of the shooting spread quickly and police said some of the victim's family members came to the scene.
"Witnesses said they could see the gunfire," Floore said.
Illinois State Police have joined together with the East St. Louis Police Department to investigate the murder.
Mayor Alvin Parks Jr., who is the liquor commissioner, said the business will be closed pending a hearing.
No date for the hearing has been set yet, but Parks anticipates a date will be set before the end of the week.
"We have to close it until we get all of the facts and determine what diciplinary action will be taken," Parks said. "This is a tragedy for the family of this young man."
This is not the first time a shooting has occurred on the business's parking lot.
Anyone with any information regarding the shooting is urged to call Illinois State Police at 346-3990 or East St. Louis police at 482 6767.