A 20-year-old Washington Park man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to a double shooting in Fairview Heights that left one man dead and another injured.
Kerion “Nate” Hammond was charged on Friday by St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly.
According to charging documents, Hammond and Sean J. Redd, 26, of Washington Park, attempted to commit an armed robbery at 142 Ashley Dr. during which Redd was shot and killed.
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Antonio D. Long, 22, of Fairview Heights, was identified as a resident of the apartment and the subject of what police said was an attempted armed robbery. Police said Long was shot in the foot during the incident and possessed a pistol. Long was charged Friday with two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon, according to a criminal complaint.
Both Hammond and Long are in custody, according to the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, which held a press conference Friday afternoon outside the Fairview Heights Police Department to announce the charges. Christopher Locke, assistant chief at Fairview Heights Police Department acting as deputy commander of the Major Case Squad, said police are still seeking an additional suspect in connection to the case.
The Major Case Squad gave the following account of what transpired Tuesday night when Redd died. Locke said Long, who was living at 142 Ashley Drive, had a gathering at his apartment, which included Hammond. At one point, Hammond left the apartment and returned with two other people — including Redd — with intent to rob Long “of money and drugs.”
“Upon returning to the apartment, Hammond contacted Long. Hammond’s two accomplices then rushed in to assist Hammond in completing the robbery,” Locke read from a prepared statement.
A struggle occurred between Redd, Locke said, who was wearing a ski mask at the time and was armed with a handgun, and Long, who also had a gun.
“During the struggle, several shots were fired, with one shot hitting Long in the foot. Redd was shot multiple times and died from his wounds,” Locke said.
Hammond and another suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Jerami J. Clark, fled the scene, according to Locke.
Major Case Squad said Clark is wanted by police, and was last known to reside in Collinsville. Locke said Clark also goes by “Lil’ J,” and he is believed to be approximately 5’8” tall, weighing 130 pounds with his hair in dreadlocks. Locke said Clark “should be considered armed and dangerous.”
Anyone with information about Clark’s whereabouts can call 618-489-2100 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.
Police said Major Case Squad investigators have logged more than 1,500 hours and have followed more than 50 leads since the investigation started Tuesday. The investigation is considered ongoing.
Fairview Heights Police Chief Nick Gailius called the homicide case “a very rare event” for the city. Gailius said the apartment at 142 Ashley Dr. had been trouble for police since new residents moved in last February.
“The Major Case Squad as a resource is invaluable for a community such as ours where violence is rare. The men on this squad worked tirelessly to solve this case in very short order,” Gailius said. “We couldn’t have done this without their expertise and involvement.”
Hammond’s bail amount was set at $2 million while Long’s bail was set at $500,000.