CASEYVILLE — The owner of a longtime Caseyville business who was shot multiple times Thursday is alert and appears to be out of danger, Police Chief Jose Alvarez said.
Judy Ferguson, 73, the owner of Ferguson Television and Satellite, sustained multiple gunshot wounds during an armed robbery in her store shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday. She was rushed to emergency surgery at an area hospital but on Friday her prognosis appeared to be good.
"She appears to be out of danger," Alvarez said. "She is awake and coherent."
A suspect is in police custody at an undisclosed location, Alvarez said. He has not yet been charged. The man, 32, has lived in Caseyville for a while, Alvarez said.
The suspect was captured in about an hour's time after officers from the Caseyville Police Department and many of the surrounding agencies flooded the area. The police even had an airplane flying above Main Street, which is Illinois 157, while they were looking for the suspect, who was dressed in all black and had fled on foot from the store with an undetermined amount of money.
Mayor Leonard Black said he was still alarmed over the robbery and shooting. "The police did a good job. They had the suspect in custody pretty quick."
Black also said he wanted to thank everyone who participated in helping to capture the suspect.
"The safety and security of all of the great citizens of Caseyville is always my first and foremost concern," he said.
Black said because of the shooting, "I will immediately instruct Police Chief Alvarez to contact each and every business in Caseyville and provide them with a safety and security check." And for individuals who are not business owners, Black said he also will offer a complete safety and security check to every resident upon their request. That's where officers will inspect the building to make sure that doors, windows and locks are secure and security systems are in working order.
Black said he wants anyone who lives or works in Caseyville to feel safe and secure in their homes and neighborhoods.
"I pledge to do everything as mayor of Caseyville to achieve this very important goal of safety for everyone," he said.
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