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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.