Crime

Two men wounded as car shot at least 12 times, police say

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Two men were shot Tuesday evening while in a vehicle near 16th Street and Piggot Avenue in East St. Louis.

East St. Louis Detective Ronald McClellan said someone reportedly drove up to the men’s white Pontiac GC and shot at them. Officers were called to the area to investigate and found two of three men in the car had been shot.

The men, 55 and 37, were taken to Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville. The 55-year old man was shot in the arm and back and the 37-year-old was shot in the back.

The Pontiac GC had 13 bullet holes in the passenger side of the vehicle, which was found at 13th Street and Trendley Avenue in East St. Louis, McClellan said.

“The victims were driving down the street. Someone came out from the dark and started firing shots into the vehicle,” McCllellan said.

There are no lights in the area where the shooting incident occurred.

McClellan said police have not identified suspects or a motive. The men told police they don’t know who shot them or why they may have been targeted.

McClellan said because it was dark the men said they didn’t see anything.

Anyone with information is asked to call East St. Louis police at 618-482-6700.

Carolyn P. Smith has worked for the Belleville News-Democrat for 18 years and currently covers breaking news in the Metro-East. She graduated from the Journalism School at the University of Missouri at Columbia and says news is in her DNA.


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