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Major Case Squad activated after young man shot and killed in O’Fallon neighborhood

Police investigate fatal O’Fallon shooting

The scene was still taped off Monday morning at the Castle Acres mobile home park, in the 1700 block of West Highway 50 in O'Fallon, after a man was shot and killed just before 7 a.m. Sunday.
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The scene was still taped off Monday morning at the Castle Acres mobile home park, in the 1700 block of West Highway 50 in O'Fallon, after a man was shot and killed just before 7 a.m. Sunday.

The Major Case Squad was activated Sunday evening after a 24-year-old East St. Louis man was shot and killed in O’Fallon.

Officers were called to Castle Acres mobile home park, in the 1700 block of West Highway 50, at 6:52 p.m., O’Fallon Police Capt. James Cavins wrote in a news release.

Once they arrived, police say they found Matthew E. Lockett, who had been shot, in the middle of the street. Later on Monday authorities confirmed he had been shot on lot 47 of the mobile home park, located at 1713 Highway 50 just across from the Walmart Supercenter.

He was taken to a hospital but later died.

“Lockett was pronounced at 7:25 p.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital,” St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. said, adding he died of a gunshot wound to his chest.

An autopsy will be scheduled for either Wednesday or Thursday, Dye said.

Police did not release additional information regarding the shooting but did confirm the Major Case Squad has been activated to investigate. A later release stated that 26 investigators are working on the case.

Those officers are looking for a vehicle of interest that is light-colored, possibly white, with dark colored wheels. It was seen leaving the area of the shooting.

Officers were at the scene Monday canvassing the area. Several residents in the area declined to comment when contacted by a BND reporter.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Case Squad at 618-206-4309 or the O’Fallon Police Department at 618-624-4545.

Belleville News-Democrat news editor Dana Rieck was selected as Editor and Publisher’s “25 Under 35 Newspaper Leaders” for 2018 and works with the Online News Association in St. Louis. She attended Colorado State University and grew up in Loveland, Colorado.


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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