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18-year-old shot dead in East St. Louis

Police investigate after 18-year-old shot dead in East St. Louis

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Craig Nolan said an 18-year-old man was shot dead around 1 a.m. Thursday night in East St. Louis.
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Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Craig Nolan said an 18-year-old man was shot dead around 1 a.m. Thursday night in East St. Louis.

An 18-year-old man was shot dead early Thursday morning in East St. Louis.

Jared Vance was shot one time at Faith Court and 78th Street, at the entrance to Phoenix Courts Estates, according to Illinois State Police.

After Vance was shot, he was driven by someone he knew to the Gas Mart at 8301 State St., Master Sgt. Craig Nolan said. There, someone went inside the gas station and asked the clerk to call for help.

“Once medical attention arrived, it was discovered Mr. Vance was deceased,” Nolan said.

St. Clair County Deputy Chief Coroner Danny Hasskenhoff said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:43 a.m. He said an autopsy was done on the victim today and his death is the result of the bullet wound he received. Authorities are not saying where the victim was shot at this time.

Nolan said an altercation involving Vance occurred prior to the shooting. He did not release further details, including whether the victim was armed or if a weapon of any kind has been recovered by police.

Nolan confirmed that they were called out after East St. Louis police received a call about the shooting at 1:05 a.m. He said the investigation is continuing.

Vance was a local man, but where he was living was not immediately clear Thursday morning.

Mandy Jordan was at a friend’s house and heard about the shooting as early as 8 a.m. She was at the Gas Mart station Thursday morning.

“It’s a shame; he was 18 years old,” she said as she shook her head.

East St. Louis Police Chief Jerry Simon said Vance’s death is the 13th homicide they’ve been called to investigate this year. This time last year, there were 24 homicides recorded, he said.

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