Police have identified the teen shot dead in West Belleville.
Deveon Hunt, 18, was killed Sunday night in an alley behind West Main Street in Belleville. The Major Case Squad is investigating.
Police were called to West Main Street near 74th Street just before 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Belleville police Capt. Matt Eiskant said, after the department received multiple reports of gunfire in the area.
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Hunt’s family said he had attended Belleville West and planned to enter the military.
Officers arrived to find Hunt unconscious in the alley, he was taken to Belleville Memorial and declared dead, Eiskant said. It’s the first homicide of 2017 in Belleville.
“We don’t think this was a random act of violence,” Eiskant said.
Hunt was on probation for the beating of a man in O’Fallon. He had been found guilty of aggravated battery and mob action, Class 3 felonies, and had a no-contact order for that man and the O’Fallon Suites Hotel.
On Monday morning, remnants of police tape remained in the alley behind the 7600 block of West Main Street.
A neighbor who did not want to be identified said she had heard gunshots before 8 p.m., and the six to seven shots seemed to come from the same weapon. Police reported that several calls came in at 10:11 p.m. reporting multiple shots fired.
Belleville police said 20 investigators with the Major Case Squad were called to the area.
Eiskant said police are trying to determine how he got to the alley. No one else was nearby when police arrived.
CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. The CrimeStoppers phone number is 866-371-8477.