Metro-East News

Three people shot in Washington Park during argument, police say

Three people were shot after two men got into an argument Saturday, the Washington Park police chief said.

Police Chief Allen Bonds said the injuries of the men who were shot are not considered to be life-threatening. Current medical conditions were not available as of Monday morning.

Bonds said the police department received two separate calls about the shooting. The first call came into the department at 12:23 p.m. with the caller reporting a shooting in the 1500 block of North 55th Street and that a man was down, Bonds said. A second call came in at 12:32 p.m. with the caller reporting someone had been shot at the Church’s Chicken at North Kingshighway and Caseyville, Bonds said.

“It was kind of a hectic call. When officers arrived at the Church’s Chicken, they found one black male inside bleeding from a gunshot wound. He appeared to have run inside of the business,” Bonds said.

The shooter, who has not yet been identified by police, fled from the scene, according to police. A witness who saw the shooting told police that one of the victims inside Church’s Chicken and another man were arguing, and the shooter pulled out a rifle and shot him, Bonds said.

Two friends of the victim, who were sitting on a porch at a residence on North 55th Street, shot at the shooter, and he shot into the house where the two individuals ran, striking both of them, Bonds said.

Bonds said investigators are still gathering information about the shooting. Both rifle and handgun casings were recovered at the scene, he said.

If anyone has information pertaining to this case, contact Washington Park Police at 618-874-0115 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-371-8477.