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Man charged in Madison County shooting death

Ernie Sykes
Ernie Sykes Alton Police Department

A 54-year-old man has been charged with murder after a shooting on Wednesday that left a woman dead, according to reports.

Ernie Sykes is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and armed habitual criminal, according to the Alton Telegraph.

According to KMOV, Angel Syddall, 31, and a 25-year-old man were found shot in a house about 4 a.m. Wednesday on the 2300 block of Edwards Street.

Sydall died of her injuries after being airlifted to a St. Louis hospital. The 25-year-old man, whose named was not released, was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition, reports said.

Sykes is being held without bond in the Madison County Jail, according to reports.

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referendums.


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