15-year-old killed in gunfire in Madison, two others wounded

A 15-year-old was shot and killed Monday night and another juvenile and a young man were wounded in Madison.

The circumstances around the shooting are not clear. The Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad has been called out to investigate.

The shootings occurred in the 1500 block of 4th Street. A 15-year-old, 16-year-old and 21-year-old were shot at around 7:40 p.m., Fox 2 News reported. All were taken to an area hospital, where the 15-year old died.

Police are not sure what led to the shootings.

Names of the victims have not been released.

Police Chief Nick Gailius said police have two persons of interest in custody.

Gailius said a person who was wanted for questioning was located at a home a block away, at 5th and Washington. That person refused to come out so Madison Police called the Regional Special Response Team and the house to set up a police perimeter.

“As a matter of precaution, the homes around there were evacuated,” Gailius said. He said residents were told they could go to the city fire department that the mayor opened up for them.

Gailius said the Major Case Squad has located a second person of interest and is being questioned. Both people in custody are adults, he said.

He could not comment on any other details as the case has been handed over the Major Case Squad.

Asked about his emotions pertaining to the young ages of the shooters and shooting victims that is occurring throughout the region, Gailius said, “It’s really heart-breaking to see this going on.

“This is the first teen shot in our community. But, if you look at what’s going on in the region, it’s absolutely shocking. It’s very shocking to lose your life to gunfire. You have to feel for the parents who fear this could happen to their child. Venice had a 14-year-old killed a couple of months ago. Our hearts hurt as much as the rest of the community. We want to work with the rest of the community to find a solution to gun violence,” Gailius said.

At 3:30 a.m., the response unit entered the home and found the person of interest inside, who surrendered to police without incident.

A few hours after that, the Major Case Squad announced they were looking for a second person of interest.

Anyone with information is urged to call either the Major Case Squad at 618- 709-7750 or the Madison Police Department at 876-4300.

This is the third shooting in the metro-east in recent weeks where a person 15 or under was shot and killed.

A 15-year-old boy, Michael Henderson III, was with some friends when he was shot and killed on June 25 in East St. Louis. The shooting happened in the 800 bock of South 15th Street at Baker Avenue.

No one has been arrested in that killing. The case is being jointly investigated by Illinois State Police and East St. Louis Police.

A 14-year-old East St. Louis student, Jaylon McKenzie, was struck and killed by a stray bullet while attending a large party in Venice in late April.

Jaylon was a promising football player at East Side High School. The party was held at the home of a Venice alderwoman.