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A person of interest is being held in the fatal shooting Monday night at the MetroLink platform at Fifth and Missouri in East St. Louis.
According to the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, a person had come to the East St. Louis Police Department and wanted to speak with investigators about the murder.
After an interview and evidence comparisons, including surveillance video at the scene, the person was taken into custody. The person of interest is a 17-year-old and he is being held at the St. Clair County Juvenile Detention Center. He has not been charged.
The case, which was handled by the Greater St. Louis Area Major Case Squad, will be presented to the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office for charges, which range from juvenile charges to being charged as an adult for murder.
The victim was identified as Lundy S. Blue, 18, of Alorton. He was shot Monday night after he got off a MetroLink train.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, which patrols MetroLink, activated the Major Case Squad immediately. Police are looking for two suspects. One of them got on the westbound train in Fairview Heights and the other at the station near the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Captain Bruce Fleshren said.
“At approximately 10:48 p.m., dispatch was notified that a person was shot either on the platform or on the train while stopped at Fifth and Missouri.”
The victim died at St. Louis University Hospital. An autopsy will be scheduled.
Investigators are working to get video surveillance from the MetroLink platform, Fleshren said.
Deputies arrived within four minutes and were told by witnesses that the victim had run across the parking lot toward Broadway Avenue, Fleshren said.
“Deputies found that the victim and suspect were on the westbound train at the same time,” Fleshren said.
Both men exited the train at the same time at Fifth and Missouri Avenue. A single shot was fired and both suspects fled, Fleshren said. It was not immediately clear whether the suspects and the victim knew each other or whether they had quarreled prior to boarding or after they were aboard the train.
“I want to thank the Major Case Squad Investigators for assisting in this investigation. Without their dedication to work 18-hour days or more, whenever they are called out to solve a crime, many murders would remain unsolved. All of St. Clair County is grateful for the quick and effective work done here to get a murderer off the streets,” Sheriff Rick Watson said.