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Police search Venice car wash for gun used in shootout on nearby parking lot

Moments after he fired the shots that killed another man, a witness said that Kevin “Goose” Campbell said, “We gotta shut this ... down” and watched him go into a car wash, put the gun inside, then get into an SUV and leave.

Illinois State Police Trooper Scott Wobbe asked Madison County Associate Judge Neil Schroeder for an order allowing him to search the car wash in Venice for the murder weapon.

Campbell is accused of shooting Williams seven times before fleeing the scene, according to charges filed on Oct. 9. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, punishable by up to 60 years in prison. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, punishable by up to seven years in prison.

A witness told police they watched as Campbell shot Williams in the back and the front, hitting the man multiple times, after a fistfight in a nearby parking lot. Williams was pronounced dead at Gateway Regional Hospital in Granite City.

The details of the case are contained in an affidavit for the search warrant, filed in Madison County Circuit Court. According to police, the witness told Wobbe:

  • Campbell worked at the Williams Auto Body, washing cars.

  • There was a large fight in the parking lot near the car wash on Oct. 6 around midnight, involving a person identified only as “Lance” who was being punched in the face.

  • Tyrone Williams ran into the fight, trying to help his cousin “Lance.”

  • After the fight broke up, Campbell was washing cars with a man named “Spank” when he spotted Williams and said, “There’s that dude.”
  • Campbell went into the car wash bay and got a black handgun with an extended magazine, then shot Williams first in the back then in the front.
  • After the shooting, Campbell left went into the car wash with Spank, closed the bay doors and left in a white GMC Envoy. The witness did not see Campbell with a gun when he left, the affidavit stated.

Surveillance video was taken from the car wash.

Campbell has previous convictions for drug possession, mob action and aggravated assault.

Campbell’s murder case is set for trial on Nov. 26

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