Metro-East News

Police identify man shot dead in East St. Louis

Early Friday morning, a man was found shot to death in a field in the 700 block of Alhambra Court.

Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. identified the man who died as Kaylen A. Everson, 26, of East St. Louis.

East St. Louis Police Chief Jerry Simon said police received a call reporting shots fired at 1:30 a.m Friday.

“Some people in the area heard gunshots. They ... saw the man laying in the field off the sidewalk next to a house and called police,” Simon said.

Responding police first saw a car with all of its windows shot out. “It was sitting on the side of the road,” Simon said. Police also found numerous shell casings on the ground. Then they spotted the male victim in the field, about 15 yards from the street.

Simon confirmed police have not yet identified the shooter, nor have they established a motive for the city’s 34th homicide this year.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Saint Louis University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Dye said ISP was notified of the homicide at 2:30 a.m. Friday, when East St. Louis Police requested assistance with the investigation.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to call the police.