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Man shoots himself and friend while on nightclub balcony in East St. Louis, police say

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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.
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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.

Two men were shot on the balcony of an East St. Louis nightclub Saturday night.

Police said a 28-year-old man was shot in the hand and a 43-year-old man was shot in the leg. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officers believe one of those two men shot himself and his friend during the incident.

Officers were called to Denese’s, located at 218 Collinsville Ave., at 11:54 p.m. Saturday. There they found the two men who had been shot, East St. Louis Police Lt. Gilda Johnson said.

Johnson said officers reported seeing women fighting near the shooting scene, but could not say whether that was connected to the shooting.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

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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