Crime

East Alton man charged with attempted murder in shooting standoff

The man accused of randomly shooting around his East Alton neighborhood now faces multiple felony charges, including attempted murder.

On Tuesday, John P. Moore, of East Alton, was charged with seven felony counts. He faces one count each of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm against a peace officer and a vehicle occupied by a peace officer, unlawful possession of weapons by a felon and criminal damage to property, as well as two charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

East Alton police responded Sunday evening to reports of a man shooting off his gun on Wood River Avenue. Upon arrival, police said the man fired at them before retreating into the house.

Police evacuated the area and secured a perimeter, and the standoff ended at about 3 a.m. with the man’s peaceful surrender. East Alton police did not return fire, according to Chief Darren Carlton, and no one was injured during the shooting. However, two houses across the street were hit by gunfire, including a bullet that went through a window into a room occupied by a man sitting at a computer, Carlton said.

Moore is in custody at the Madison County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail set by Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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