Metro-East News

17-year-old shot in Edwardsville; police search for suspect vehicle

A 17-year-old Glen Carbon boy was shot during an altercation in Edwardsville Thursday and then walked to a nearby fire station for help, Police Chief Jay Keeven said.

Keeven said the boy was riding in the passenger seat of a yellow compact vehicle near the intersection of Fourth and Bryant avenues when there was an altercation and he was shot around 3:50 p.m.

The boy got out of the car, with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, and the vehicle drove off, Keeven said.

The boy was able to walk to Edwardsville Fire Department Station No. 2, just two blocks from where he was shot, and then was taken to a hospital.

Police did not immediately have a description of a potential suspect, Keeven said.

Officers were searching Thursday evening for a yellow compact vehicle, possibly a two-door, with severe rear-end damage. The damage was not connected with the shooting, Keeven said.

“He knew we were here,” fire department Capt. Mark Mayfield said of the victim. None of the three firefighters on duty when the victim showed up were at the station later Thursday evening. Mayfield said it’s not uncommon for people experiencing a medical issue to seek help at fire stations because all Edwardsville firefighters also are paramedics, but he said assisting victims with gunshot wounds is rare.

Police asked that anyone with information about the shooting call Edwardsville Police at 618-656-2131.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND