Crime

Belleville man fired semiautomatic weapon into crowd at Shiloh park, police say

Brian Crawford, 19, of Belleville, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
Brian Crawford, 19, of Belleville, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Provided

A Belleville man shot a semiautomatic weapon into a crowd at a Shiloh park Sunday night, according to Shiloh police.

At about 8:20 p.m., Shiloh police received a report of shots fired into a crowd at Three Springs Park at 2250 Frank Scott Parkway.

Shiloh police pulled over and arrested Brian W. Crawford Jr., 19, near the park on Fortune Boulevard, according to a press release. A semiautomatic pistol was found in Crawford’s car, according to police.

Crawford was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a person without a gun permit.

Crawford was in custody at the St. Clair County Jail as of Tuesday evening with a bail of $30,000.

Shiloh police were at the Commerce Bank in Shiloh after it was robbed Monday afternoon. Police have released security footage of the alleged robber.

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Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6
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