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Major Case Squad investigating homicide in Cahokia

Major Case Squad investigating shooting that killed 33-year-old

St. Clair County Sheriff Capt. Bruce Fleshren discusses the Major Case Squad investigation that was launched after police found 33-year-old Akeen A. Haynes shot outside of his Cahokia home Saturday night. Haynes later died from his injuries.
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St. Clair County Sheriff Capt. Bruce Fleshren discusses the Major Case Squad investigation that was launched after police found 33-year-old Akeen A. Haynes shot outside of his Cahokia home Saturday night. Haynes later died from his injuries.

The Major Case Squad is investigating the shooting death of a 33-year-old man in Cahokia on Saturday night.

At about 8:30 p.m., Cahokia police responded to shots fired on West Adams Street. Officers found Akeem A. Haynes shot and lying in the street, right outside of his home near his truck, said St. Clair County Sheriff Capt. Bruce Fleshren.

Haynes was taken to St. Louis University Hospital where he died from his injuries. The Major Case Squad is investigating Haynes’ death as a homicide, Fleshren said.

No one was in custody as of Sunday afternoon, and police had no persons of interest, Fleshren said. Police are unsure of the motive, but Fleshren said they are working to get information from friends and family to try to piece together what happened Saturday night.

“Everyone who knows something is talking to us, but right now, that hasn’t led us anywhere,” Fleshren said. “Right now, we need all the help we can get.”

Fourteen investigators are working the case, Fleshren said.

“This is when we put 14 people with a lot of manpower who work 12 to 20 hour days, then repeat and start over and keep banging the pavement until we find something,” he said. “These are the cases we get, and sometimes they’re a whodunnit when we start, and hopefully we can get there in the end and get it solved.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Case Squad at 618-332-4248. Haynes’ autopsy is set for Monday.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6

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