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St. Louis men charged with firing gun in Fairview Heights park

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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 22-year-olds from St. Louis were charged this week with firing a gun in a metro-east park.

Gustavo Alvarez-Gomez and Jordy J. Sanchez-Andrade were both charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a class 4 felony, and unlawful use of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor, by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office.

The Fairview Heights Police Department arrested them Monday at Pleasant Ridge Park. A caller had reported hearing several gunshots there after seeing two men get out of a car and walk into the woods, according to a news release from the department.

Alvarez-Gomez and Sanchez-Andrade remained in the St. Clair County Jail Thursday. Their bonds were set at $10,000.

The metro-east is home for investigative reporter Lexi Cortes. She was raised in Granite City, went to school in Edwardsville and now lives in Collinsville. Lexi has worked at the Belleville News-Democrat since 2014, winning multiple state awards for her investigative and community service reporting.


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