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Violent night of shootings leaves one dead, five injured in East St. Louis

East St. Louis police are investigating after six people were shot Monday night and early Tuesday morning in separate incidents, according to media reports.

The horrific night that kept police responding to one shooting scene after another started at 5:45 p.m. on the corner of 18th and State Streets.

The victim, a 44-year-old male, was shot at and was grazed in his hand and head, East St. Louis Police Chief Jerry Simon said.

A second shooting occurred at 9:45 p.m. at the Gomper Homes, located at 450 N. Sixth St. The victim was found with multiple gun shot wounds, sitting inside of a car, said Cortez Slack, chief of public safety for the East St. Louis Housing Authority.

“Officers received a call at 9:45 Monday night of shots fired in the Gompers. When they got there, they found a man sitting in a car who had been shot multiple times,” Slack said. He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, Slack said. Slack added that the shooting incident is still under investigation. Simon said the victim was a 25-year-old male.

At 10:36 p.m., police responded to their third shooting call of the night at the Denverside Apartments in the 1600 block of Russell.

“They found a female with a bullet wound in her leg. She was shot by the boyfriend of a girl she had a dispute with,” said Simon.

The fourth shooting call came in to the police department at 12:35 a.m.

“Two males were shot on the corner of Sixth street and Martin Luther King, outside of the Gomper Homes. One was shot in the head. One was shot in the abdomen. Both are in critical condition at an area hospital,” Simon said.

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