Teen shot multiple times near Collinsville; police searching for group of men

A teenage boy remained in critical condition Monday morning after he was shot multiple times Sunday night in the State Park Place neighborhood near Collinsville.

A group of men reportedly approached the 17-year-old and his friend while they were walking in an intersection at Art Street and Eva Street near Collinsville around 9 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office.

The men and the teens had a conversation before at least two of the men began firing shots at the teenagers, police wrote. Additional information regarding what the conversation was about was not being released Monday morning, as officials said it may be critical to the investigation.

Police say they arrived to find the teen had been shot at least three times, but his friend had been able to escape uninjured.

Officials say they are looking for four men who were wearing dark clothing and fled on foot.

The teenager, who has not been identified, was taken to Cardinal Glennon and was listed as being in critical condition. In a mid-morning update Capt. Bruce Fleshren said the teen went through surgery and was resting. He was still unable to speak with police around noon.

“The investigation is in the early stages and no motive or suspects have been identified,” Fleshren wrote in a statement. He noted that officers are following up with potential witnesses and that there were shell casings at the scene from more than one gun.

At 4:15 p.m., Fleshren wrote in a statement the department was following several leads in the case.

“There are some promising leads developing and some names keep coming up, but we have to separate the rumors from the facts before we will be ready to release some one’s name a person of interest and we are not there at this time,” he wrote.

He asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.

Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck