Metro-East News

East St. Louis teen dies after he’s shot on his porch New Year’s Eve

A 16-year-old from East St. Louis died after being shot on his porch on New Year’s Eve.

The teen was shot about 5:15 p.m. and later died.

Police said Johnnie Brim was standing on his porch at 1607 Wilfred Ave. in East St. Louis when a vehicle drove by, and someone inside the vehicle started shooting. Bullets struck Brim.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Hubbard said Saturday that police had not established a motive for the shooting and there had been no arrests.

Hubbard said Brim was pronounced dead at 10:04 p.m. Thursday at a St. Louis-area hospital. East St. Louis investigators were still investigating the case on Saturday along with Illinois State Police agents.

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Brim was a student in East St. Louis School District 189. Superintendent Arthur Culver released a statement Saturday saying, “It is with deep regret that I inform you our high school student, Johnnie Brim, passed on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. The district mourns the death of our beloved student. Our thoughts and prayers are with Johnnie's family, friends, classmates, teachers and the entire East St. Louis District 189 community.”

Culver said a crisis-management team will be available for students on Monday when school resumes.

Police asked that anyone with any information regarding the shooting call the East St. Louis Police Department at 482 6767, Illinois State Police at 346-3990 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS. All information received on the tip line is anonymous, and tips leading to an arrest pay up to $1,000.