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

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.