Crime

Woman in serious condition after being shot while sitting at red light in East St. Louis

Chief Jerry Simon wants to build trust, reduce East St. Louis homicides

In this file video, East St. Louis Police Chief Jerry Simon talks about building trust in the community and reducing homicides.
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In this file video, East St. Louis Police Chief Jerry Simon talks about building trust in the community and reducing homicides.

A 27-year-old woman was in serious condition after she was shot Sunday night while sitting in her car at a red light at 28th Street and Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis.

Police Chief Jerry Simon said the woman had been traveling west on Illinois 15 and was stopped at a stoplight when cars pulled up on each side of her. People in both those cars began shooting at each other.

Police said the victim, whom they did not identify, was shot in the wrist, hand and face.

Simon said police did not know if the shooters had been in a rolling gun battle before entering East St. Louis, and the shooters have not been located. Police are are reviewing video surveillance from businesses near the scene in an attempt to identify the suspects.

The victim’s car had bullet holes in the hood and the passenger door.

Anyone with information is asked to call the East St. Louis Police Department at 618-482-6790.

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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