Crime

At least 15 shots fired at men, teen walking in East St. Louis drive-by shooting

Police say three people were wounded when at least 15 bullets were fired from a moving car Tuesday night on 40th Street at Bunkum Road in East St. Louis.

While East St. Louis Police Chief Jerry Simon is not releasing the identities of the three people who were shot, he did say one was critically wounded. An update on that condition was not available Wednesday morning.

Simone said a 31-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and thigh, a 28-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and a 15-year old boy was shot in the abdomen and left hand. He did not specify which person was in critical medical condition.

Police received a call reporting the shootings at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Simon said a vehicle came up behind the men who were walking from one of two stores in the area of 40th Street and Bunkum Road. Someone inside the car fired a barrage of bullets.

The men could not tell police who would want to shoot them nor describe the vehicle that the bullets were fired from, Simon said.

An Illinois State Police Crime Scene unit processed the scene. Simon said police need the public’s help and asked anyone with any information to call East St. Louis Police at 618-482-6767

Police did not release what kind of gun they believe was used in the shooting.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503, @carolynhendri18
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