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Charges filed in Chips Ahoy cookie shooting in Belleville


Peter Phillips
Peter Phillips

St. Clair County prosecutors have filed charges against a 22-year-old Belleville man in connection with a shooting Wednesday that was sparked by an argument over cookies and cash.

Peter T. Phillips has been charged with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, which is a class 1 felony, and reckless discharge of a firearm, which is a class 4 felony. He also is charged with resisting a police officer, which is a misdemeanor.

The shooting happened near 29th Street and Vernier Avenue. Police said it stemmed from an argument over $8 and a bag of Chips Ahoy cookies.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Phillips’ bail was set at $50,000. He remained in custody Friday at the St. Clair County Jail.

Belleville Police said the investigation revealed two men argued with two other men, and during the course of the disagreement one of the men pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired into the air, then he turned the gun toward the other two men and fired a shot. The men are acquainted with each other, police said.