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Man found dead behind the wheel of his pickup truck in East St. Louis

Police discovered the body of a man in his pickup shortly after responding a 911 emergency call reporting that shots were fired at 25th and St. Clair Avenue in East St. Louis.

When officers arrived at the scene at about 12:46 p.m. they discovered a disabled vehicle with the victim dead inside, said Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Elbert Jennings. St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. identified the man as Aaron Macon, 49, of Berkeley, Missouri.

He was pronounced dead of gunshot wounds at the scene, Dye said. The death is being investigated as a homicide. It would be the 30th murder in East St. Louis this year, Chief Kendall Perry said.

The driver’s side door of Macon’s red Dodge truck was damaged by at least six apparent bullet holes. A seventh hole punctured the shattered driver’s side window.

“The man was associated with the vehicle,” Jennings said.

Besides East St. Louis and Illinois State Police, East St. Louis Housing Authority safety officers, ATF, and U.S. Marshals Service officers were at the scene.

Illinois State Police criminal investigations agents were already in the area working on another unrelated homicide.

Wednesday’s apparent murder was the second in as many days. On Tuesday, the St. Clair County coroner confirmed that Rico Stringer, 27, was shot at the 400 block of North 25th Street on Tuesday and later died at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville.

Anyone with information regarding this apparent homicide is urged to call East St. Louis police at 618-482-6767, Illinois State Police at 346-3990 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS, an anonymous line that pays up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly identifed Macon’s residence as Brooklyn, Missouri.
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Carolyn P. Smith has worked for the Belleville News-Democrat for 18 years and currently covers breaking news in the Metro-East. She graduated from the Journalism School at the University of Missouri at Columbia and says news is in her DNA.
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