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East St. Louis man charged in connection with weekend shooting near Belleville

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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.

An East St. Louis man faces two charges in connection with a shooting near Belleville on Saturday that stemmed from an argument about a car.

Samuel E. Brown Jr., 38, was charged with one count of being an armed habitual criminal and one count of aggravated discharge of a weapon, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Capt. Bruce Fleshren wrote in a news release Monday.

Upon investigation, deputies determined that Brown was the aggressor in a Saturday morning shootout at 106 Chase Park Drive. According to Fleshren, a 31-year-old man and Brown got into an argument over a vehicle at the address and began shooting at each other.

Brown got into a white pickup truck and drove off, the release stated. When a police car saw the truck on Frank Scott Parkway, it followed Brown to a Memorial Hospital Emergency Room where he was treated and released for two gunshot wounds to the lower body.

The 31-year-old man was released without charges after being interviewed, police said.

Brown has prior convictions for armed robbery and aggravated discharge of a firearm. His bail was set at $250,000 and he remained in police custody at the St. Clair County Jail.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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