Violence and unsolved murders in East St. Louis
Police have identified the victim in a shooting in East St. Louis on Tuesday as a 30-year-old Cahokia man.
Eric R. Roby, was found with a gunshot wound at the Samuel Gompers Housing Complex on North Sixth Street around 10:40 p.m., Illinois State Police stated in a press release Thursday. He was transported to a St. Louis hospital, where he later died.
According to Cortez Slack, the Chief of Public Safety for the East St. Louis Housing Authority, the shooting occurred in the 600 block of Martin Luther King Drive. Roby was found laying in a field behind a vacant gas station.
East St. Louis police have requested assistance from ISP in investigating the case, the release stated. An acquaintance of Roby’s has been identified as a person of interest. That person is in police custody on an outstanding arrest warrant unrelated to the homicide investigation.
The person of interest remained in the St. Clair County Jail on Thursday morning, the release stated. The person’s identity will not be released until he or she is charged with any crimes related to the active investigation.
It is the city’s seventh homicide of 2019.
Anyone with information concerning the investigation can contact ISP Trooper Dan Leitschuh at 618-570-4985, the East St. Louis police at 618-482-6767 or St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.