‘Fortunate to be alive’: Man shot several times in Alorton drive-by attack

Alorton police were searching Friday for the occupants of a black sports-utility vehicle who shot a man several times in an early-morning drive-by attack.

According to Police Chief Tony Tomlinson, the victim was shot 9 or 10 times in the legs and upper body.

“He’s in a lot of pain and it looks like he’s going to have to have some surgery,” Tomlison said. “But it is not believed that his injuries are life-threatening.”

The shooting happened just after 7 a.m. Friday. The victim called 911 and said he was eastbound in the 3800 block of Illinois 15, which is known in town as New Missouri Avenue. Responding officers instead found him near the intersection of Illinois 15 and Interstate 255, nearly a mile away.

“His tire was shot out, so we know he didn’t get too far from where (the shooting) took place,” Tomlison said.

The victim, dazed by pain medication, was agitated as police tried to question him at the hospital, Tomlinson said. So officers decided to break off the interview and let him rest.

The SUV was described as an older-model vehicle, possibly a Ford Explorer. It was seen fleeing the scene on Interstate 255 south.

The victim told investigators he heard a series of loud bangs and looked up to see flashes from a gun pointed in his direction.

“He is very fortunate to be alive,” Tomlinson said.

Police asked that anyone with information about the crime call the Alorton Police Department at 618-874-7084.