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.
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“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.