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Major Case Squad identifies victim of Madison homicide as East St. Louis man

Major Case Squad activated in Madison; body found in pickup

Major Case Squad activated in Madison; body found in pickup on the 1000 block of Washington in Madison on Wednesday afternoon.
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Major Case Squad activated in Madison; body found in pickup on the 1000 block of Washington in Madison on Wednesday afternoon.

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis announced Wednesday night that 44-year-old Mitchell Coleman, of East St. Louis, was the victim of a homicide that occurred around 1 p.m. in Madison.

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According to a statement released by the Major Case Squad, Coleman was shot several times and was found dead in a black Chevrolet pickup.

No other details of the homicide were released. The Squad’s investigation remains ongoing.

Coleman was found in the truck that was parked in front of 1015 Washington Ave. The side of the truck had multiple bullet holes that had been marked by crime-scene technicians before the truck was towed away. The driver-side front window was rolled down or shattered, and the rear window also had marked bullet holes.

The truck had been parked in front of 1015 Washington Ave., but it was not immediately apparent whether anyone inside the brick house had been injured. No windows were broken and there were no apparent bullet chips in the front of the house.

Neighbors said gunshots are not uncommon in their neighborhood, and seem to be becoming more common. Two doors away from the scene, an apparently abandoned house is spray-painted with the words “Stay out.”

John Berry lived in the neighborhood for 30 years, but three years ago he moved away because of the increasing violence. He was in the neighborhood Wednesday visiting friends and family who still live there.

“I took my daughter and got out,” Berry said. “Seems every time I come down here there’s some young thug shooting it up... The cops do what they can, to me they do a good job.”

For more on this developing story, return to bnd.com or read the News-Democrat on Thursday.

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