Multiple shootings injure 4 in Cahokia; police investigating

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Cahokia police are investigating three shootings this week, none of which were fatal.

Officers were called around 1 a.m. Thursday to 500 block of St.Thomas Lane to investigate a report of shots fired. There, police learned a 16-year-old had been shot multiple times and took him to the hospital, Cahokia Police Captain Dennis Plew said.

Plew said later Thursday morning the teenager was still alive and undergoing surgery.

“We have not found any actual witnesses. We have talked to the victim’s family,” Plew said of the investigation.

The Illinois State Police crime scene unit processed the scene and officers did not find any weapons at either of the two crime scenes.

A few hours before that shooting, at 5:49 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to the 300 block of St. Leonard. They found a 19-year-old and 20-year-old had been shot, Plew said.

Several people, including children, were inside of the house at the time of the shooting.

Plew described their wounds as non life-threatening.

From the appearance of the crime scene, Plew said it was apparent that “multiple gunshots were fired.”

“We found numerous shell casings at the scene. This shooting is still under investigation.”

Before these two shootings, police were called to a shooting at 10:15 p.m. Monday to 10 School Street.

“We found one person in the residence who had been shot in the chest and he knew who shot him,” Plew said, adding that the man was taken to the hospital. Police are looking for the shooting victim who was released from the hospital, PLew said.

During the investigation at the residence, Plew said police found a large amount of marijuana.

As a result of that find , who was a resident at that house,was charged Wednesday evening in connection to that shooting, Plew said. He faces charges of unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to distribute it, unlawful possession of cannabis and unlawful possession of firearm ammunition.

“Perry is in custody. His bond was set at $15,000,” Plew said.

No additional information has been released regarding that case.

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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