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Two Cahokia men hit with shotgun pellets while in their yard

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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 young men were grazed by shotgun pellets while they were outside in their backyard in Cahokia and they were taken to a hospital and released.

Cahokia Police Capt. Dennis Plew said police have not identified the shooter and are still investigating the shooting reported Monday morning at 127 Kenneth.

Plew said police do not know the motive for the shooting or whether the two victims were targeted or if it was a random shooting.

Plew said one of the victims is about 20 and he did not have the age of the other victim.

Anyone with information about this shooting is urged to call the Cahokia Police Department at 618-337-9505.

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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