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Five vehicles struck when shots fired in Belleville neighborhood

Belleville Police Officer Dave Abernathy had been following this maroon Ford Focus on Saturday morning for several minutes in a neighborhood near the site of an overnight shooting in a parking lot behind the apartment complex on Freedom Drive, on Belleville's west end. As the car approached Frank Scott Parkway, while driving on Elizabeth Drive, Abernathy pulled the car over and called for backup. Several other police units joined him there. They briefly questioned the driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, then handcuffed and placed him into Abernathy's police car. The remaining officers searched the vehicle and it was eventually towed from the scene. Here, Abernathy escorts the driver to his squad car.
Belleville Police Officer Dave Abernathy had been following this maroon Ford Focus on Saturday morning for several minutes in a neighborhood near the site of an overnight shooting in a parking lot behind the apartment complex on Freedom Drive, on Belleville's west end. As the car approached Frank Scott Parkway, while driving on Elizabeth Drive, Abernathy pulled the car over and called for backup. Several other police units joined him there. They briefly questioned the driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, then handcuffed and placed him into Abernathy's police car. The remaining officers searched the vehicle and it was eventually towed from the scene. Here, Abernathy escorts the driver to his squad car. News-Democrat

A man was in Belleville Police custody as a person of interest in a shooting incident Saturday morning.

Police report that shots were fired at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Freedom Drive. Five vehicles were hit with “varying damage,” said Belleville Detective Mark Heffernan.

“It was pretty apparent at the scene when officers initially responded,” which vehicles had been hit, Heffernan said. No further damage was found in daylight.

He said witnesses reported seeing an individual on foot in the area at the time and “the shots did not come from a vehicle.”

Belleville Police and deputies from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department found several shell casings, according to a news release.

Police detained a 29-year-old man at about 10 a.m. Saturday in connection with the shooting. They were still interviewing and trying to determine any motive in the shooting. Herffernan would not comment on whether there may be more persons of interest or potential suspects.

No injuries were reported. Several witnesses were being interviewed.

Police asked that anyone with information related to the shooting call Belleville Police at 618-234-1212.

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