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Pregnant woman is second victim of weekend shooting in Washington Park

Amber Bieser and Anthony J. Pannell Jr. were killed during a shooting Sunday night in Washington Park.
Amber Bieser and Anthony J. Pannell Jr. were killed during a shooting Sunday night in Washington Park. Provided photos

The 23-year-old woman who was inside of a car with a 24-year-old East St. Louis man when he was fatally wounded Sunday night at the intersection of 47th Street and Hallows Avenue has died. During the course of the investigation, police learned that the woman was 10 weeks pregnant. The unborn child also died.

Amber Beiser, of St. Mary, Mo., died Monday morning at a St. Louis hospital where she was rushed after police found her suffering from bullet wounds. Beiser was inside of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala with Anthony J. Pannel when he was shot and killed. She and the fetus died as a result of the bullet wounds.

GUESTBOOK: Anthony J. Pannell Jr.

GUESTBOOK: Amber Bieser

Police have not identified any suspects at this point. Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Mark Doiron said police need anyone with information about the whereabouts of Pannel and Beiser prior to the shooting that occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday to call Illinois state Police Special Agent Jamie Brunnworth at 618-346-3759 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

State police are continuing to investigate the shooting.

Doiron said he could not confirm whether drugs were involved in the fatal shootings. He said toxicology results are pending. He also said it is not known whether the unborn baby was Pannel’s or whether the couple were in a relationship.

“They were well-known acquaintances. But, I don’t know if they classified themselves as boyfriend and girlfriend,” Doiron said. Asked why Beiser and Pannel were in Washington Park, Doiron said police are still investigating.

Beiser’s vehicle had temporary Missouri tags.

Doiron said when officers arrived on the scene they found the vehicle, which had run off the road and crashed. Pannel was the driver of the vehicle and Beiser was a passenger, Doiron said.