Metro-East News

Suspects arrested after 'shootout' at McDonald's with East St. Louis police


Two suspects in the shooting of a 51-year-old woman in her home early Sunday were apprehended a half hour later in the drive-thru of a McDonald’s restaurant where they shot it out with cops, according to Police Chief Allen Bonds.

Their black SUV was spotted at about 5:30 a.m. at the restaurant at 25th and State streets in East St. Louis, one of the busiest intersections in the city even at such an early hour.

“Every morning senior citizens meet at that McDonald’s to socialize,” said Illinois State Trooper Calvin Dye, Jr. “We are just glad that none of them were hurt.”

Dye said two East St. Louis men, 27-year-old Antoine Johnson and 32-year-old Branden Shannon were arrested. Johnson had been shot in the hip, police said.

The woman, who was not identified, and a man who was in the home but did not appear to be injured, were taken to a St. Louis hospital as was Johnson, who Dye said was a passenger in the suspects’ vehicle. Dye said none of the three appeared to have life-threatening injuries.

Both suspects were charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Police said Shannon had an assault style rifle, an AK-47 or replica. Johnson was said to have possessed a revolver handgun.

Shannon and Johnson have been charged several times in St. Clair County Court with gun -related felonies, according to court records.

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In 2015 Johnson received intensive probation for armed robbery. Shannon has been convicted of aggravated unlawful use of firearm and in 2009 was sentenced to state prison. The length of the sentence was not shown in the record.

Dispatchers received a call from a resident reporting shots fired in the 1200 Block of North 50th Street, Bonds, the police chief in Washington Park, said.

“When officers arrived, they found that a residence had been shot up and a female had sustained a gunshot wound,” Bonds said.

Dye Jr., the state trooper spokesman, added that the lead investigator in the shooting said a suspect displayed a weapon from the vehicle’s window just before the shootout.

While Johnson, the passenger, was shot, the driver was not injured and was in custody, said Bonds.

Police recovered several weapons from the suspects’ vehicle, including an assault rifle and handgun, said Bonds.

East St. Louis Police Chief Jerry Simon said Sunday that Shannon was being held in the East St. Louis Police Department jail in lieu of $75,000 bail, pending transfer to the county jail. Johnson will be arraigned after he leaves the hospital.

Arraignments for both suspects probably will not be held until Tuesday because of the Presidents’ Day holiday Monday, Simon said.

Bonds said he did not know of a motive for the shooting. It is under investigation, he said.

Three East St. Louis officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, a routine procedure.