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Police searching for suspect after man shot and killed in East St. Louis

St. Clair County sees homicides increase in 2018

Homicides increased in St. Clair County in 2018 despite a decrease in homicides in East St. Louis.
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Homicides increased in St. Clair County in 2018 despite a decrease in homicides in East St. Louis.

A 36- year old disabled man was shot multiple times Saturday night while he sat in his SUV outside a convenience mart in the 900 block of east Broadway.

The victim was identified as Christopher Smith, of East St. Louis. It’s the third homicide of the year in the city.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Elbert Jennings said Smith and another person, whom police did not identify, had gone to Gold Star convenience mart.

“East St. Louis Police received a call at 11.47 p.m. in reference to a shooting at 937 East Broadway,” Jennings said.

When police arrived, they found the disabled man inside his car had been shot multiple times.

Smith was taken to St. Louis University Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Jennings said.

Jennings said police talked to Smith’s passenger, but no one is currently in custody.

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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