Crime

Double shooting leaves one dead, one seriously injured

A woman was shot in the head and the gunman then shot himself at 624 N. 41st St. in East St. Louis, police said. The woman survived, but not the man.
A woman was shot in the head and the gunman then shot himself at 624 N. 41st St. in East St. Louis, police said. The woman survived, but not the man. snagy@bnd.com

Police say Joseph Henagan shot a woman in the head then turned the gun on himself early Monday morning.

The shooting happened at about 2:30 a.m. Monday in the 600 block of North 41st St. in East St. Louis, Police Capt. Bobby Cole said, based on a preliminary investigation. The female victim is not being identified. Henagan died following the shooting.

East St. Louis Detective Ronald McClellan said the call to the police station came out as “female shot with a man already down.”

Henagan, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene. East St. Louis detective Ronald McClellan said it appears Henagan’s gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

The 24-year-old female is in serious condition and in intensive care at an undisclosed hospital, McClellan said. He said it is believed that she will survive her injuries.

McClellan confirmed there were ongoing domestic disputes between Henagan and the female victim. Henagan and the victim have a child together. The victim also has three other children who were in the house at the time of the shooting, but were not injured.

The shooting incident took place outside of the house, McClellan said.

Cole said the suspected weapon was recovered and that the investigation is continuing.

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