Crime

Belleville man charged in connection with shooting near Spike’s Pub and Grub

A Belleville man faces six felony charges in St. Clair County Court after allegedly shooting another man outside of a popular bar last month.

Rasaud L. Paul, 29, was charged with possession of a firearm, aggravated battery with discharge of a firearm and of being an armed habitual criminall, and faces three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm in the direction of a building or school.

The charging documents against Paul state that he shot another man in the leg on Sept. 25. According to Belleville police, the incident happened around 12:30 a.m. near Spike’s Pub and Grub, the former Antique House Lounge, at the corner of West Main and 37th streets.

The victim, a 24-year-old man, called police to report he’d been shot in the left thigh and was transported to Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

“The incident was not a random act of violence and appears to have some domestic implications,” Belleville police said at the time. No one else was injured during the shooting.

It is unclear what the relationship is between Paul and the man who was shot. Chris Allen, a spokesman for St. Clair County State’s Attorney Jim Gomric’s Office, said he could not comment further on the incident.

In the days following the shooting, Mayor Mark Eckert, who is also the city’s liquor commissioner, revoked the bar’s liquor license, forcing it to shut down for a week.

Eckert and Spike’s owners, Rachel and Dan Speichinger, reached an agreement and were able to reopen, but Rachel said it cost the bar an estimated $15,000 in revenue.

“That loss of revenue, it’s not an easy situation but I hope from now on we’ll have a good standing,” she said at the time. “I look forward to having a good relationship with the city of Belleville, the mayor and the police.”

Paul’s next court appearance is set for Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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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