Metro-East News

Woman, man shot in East St. Louis housing complex

Two people were shot Monday night in the Roosevelt Homes but their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Police were called to Building 11 in reference to a report of shots fired. Once there, police learned that a man and a woman had been shot.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Hubbard said Tuesday a motive was still under investigation.

He said, “A group of people were sitting in the living room of an apartment in the 11 building of the Roosevelt Homes, They heard what appeared to be four to five gunshots. A black female attempted to get up and fell straight to the floor. She suffered a gunshot wound to her back. While attempting to render aid to the female, a black male was shot in the leg.”

Hubbard said “several gunshots” were fired through the front window of the apartment.

The victims were transported to Saint Louis University Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries, Hubbard said.

Cortez Slack, chief of public safety for the East St. Louis Housing Authority, said the female victim is 26 and the apartment was hers. He was not sure how long she has been living there. He confirmed that she does have a child, but was unsure whether the child was in the apartment at the time of the shooting.

Hubbard said the case was still under investigation Tuesday and no suspects had been identified. Anyone with any information can call the East St. Louis Police Department at 618-482-6700.