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East St. Louis police are still investigating a drive-by shooting that wounded two men Monday night while driving in a car.
The two men, accompanied by a third who was not struck by a bullet, had been at a nightclub in East St. Louis on Monday night when they fought with another group of people, according to police.
As the men left the club and began driving west at the intersection of 59th and State Streets, a car reportedly drove up to the men’s white Pontiac GC and someone shot at them.
Police were in the area and heard the gunfire, East St. Louis Detective Ronald McClellan said.
A 23-year-old O’Fallon man and a 22-year East St. Louis man were shot and taken to the hospital for treatment, McClellan said. One man was grazed by a bullet and both are expected to survive.
The third man left before investigators arrived on scene, McClellan said.
“There were more than seven bullet holes in the passenger side of the vehicle,” he said. “They told police they had just left a club and were traveling west at the intersection of 59th and State streets and an SUV pulled along side and began firing shots into the vehicle,” McClellan said.
The manager at the nightclub the men had been at said two groups of people were taken out of the club by security after a fight broke out Monday night. He told the BND he was unaware of the shooting that had followed the altercation.
The men in the Pontiac told police they believe they were followed after leaving the club and then shot at 13-16 times. They told police they did not see who shot at them and didn’t know why someone would target them.