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Cahokia teens charged after two March shootings

The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office charged two teens from Cahokia in connection to two separate March shootings.

A 16-year-old, identified in recent charging documents as Brandon J. Ray, is accused of shooting two subjects in two incidents dating back to March 9 and March 14. Online court records say the 16-year-old was apprehended on a bench warrant Wednesday. The warrant was issued May 23.

According to the warrant, Brandon Ray was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with discharge of a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a handgun.

Another suspect, 17-year-old Keylan D. Ray, faces similar charges for the same shooting incidents and was taken into custody in March by Cahokia police. St. Clair County court records indicate Keylan Ray was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon being a delinquent minor, aggravated discharge of a weapon and unlawful use of a shotgun.

It is unclear how the two suspects are related. Both share the same address provided on court documents.

According to the charging documents, the suspects shot a victim identified as Jeremy Shaw on March 9. The teens reportedly used a modified 12-gauge shotgun. Court documents say the shotgun was modified so that its overall length was less than 26 inches.

Five days later, the suspects allegedly shot another person identified as Jahree Walker. Walker was shot in the leg with a 12-gauge shotgun, according to court documents. Charging documents said the suspects also possessed and used a .22-caliber revolver to shoot at Walker.

Bail amounts for both defendants were set at $250,000.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers

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