Homicide No. 5, 2 shootings and a stabbing in East St. Louis

News-DemocratApril 7, 2014 

East St. Louis recorded its fifth homicide of the year on the same day two other men were shot and two days after a woman was stabbed.

None of the acts appear to be linked, police said.

Police were called at 2:04 p.m. Sunday about a man down. Officers arrived and found the body of Herman Stewart, 23, inside of a gray SUV that was parked in the driveway of his home at 1432 N. 42nd St., East St. Louis Police Lt. Marion Riddle said. Stewart was shot multiple times and shell casings were found in his yard.

Riddle said police need the public's help in locating the shooter. Anyone with any information is urged to call East St. Louis Police at 482-6700 or Illinois State Police at 346-3990. Illinois State Police are working with East St. Louis Police on the homicide.

Within a few minutes of the homicide Sunday afternoon, someone shot through the door of a residence at 4153 N. 14th St., striking a man once. Police at 1:57 p.m. Sunday were called to 4153 N. 14th St. about a man being shot.

Riddle said the victim, whom he would not identify, was taken to a St. Louis hospital for a gunshot wound to his left shoulder.

"At last check, our victim was in stable condition," Riddle said.

In another shooting later that day, police were called at 7:49 p.m. Sunday about a fight at the Highway Market, 1501 Missouri Ave.

"When officers arrived on scene the victim told them that shots were fired and he tried to drive off and the unknown suspect fired into his car, striking him in his back," Riddle said. "We do not know the motive for this shooting and we are currently looking for the gunman.

The victim is 28 and in stable condition at a St. Louis hospital, Riddle said.

At 2:21 p.m. Friday, police were called to 1624 N. 24th St. about a stabbing.

"The call came in as shots fired, man down. But when officers arrived on scene, we learned that was not the case. The victim had been stabbed and her friend drove her in a private vehicle to the hospital," Riddle said.

The unidentified female victim had been stabbed once in the right upper forearm, Riddle said. Police on Monday were still investigating and no charges had been filed.

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