Crime

Gunman kicks in door, fatally shoots Caseyville man while family in house

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The home where Nicholas Hood, 24, was shot to death by a man who kicked in the front door at 1:30 a.m. at this mobile home at 1800 Apache Street near Caseyville. Three children, ages 4 months, 6, and 7, were home with their mother and Hood at the time.
The home where Nicholas Hood, 24, was shot to death by a man who kicked in the front door at 1:30 a.m. at this mobile home at 1800 Apache Street near Caseyville. Three children, ages 4 months, 6, and 7, were home with their mother and Hood at the time. tvizer@bnd.com

The fiancee of a man who was shot to death early Tuesday in Caseyville said he was shot three times by an unseen gunman who kicked in the door of their mobile home without warning shortly before 1:30 a.m.

The woman, Amber Sarmento, said someone kicked the door of her mobile home in the 1800 block of Apache Street three times, shaking the whole structure, before it broke and he gained entry. Her fiance, Nicholas Hood, 24, ran down to the living room to see what was going on. Then the woman said she heard three pops in quick succession and then silence as the attacker fled.

The woman and her three children, ages 4 1/2 months, 6 and 7, were not harmed. Sarmento said her fiance’s 25th birthday would have been Thursday.

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The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been activated to investigate the case. Police have not released any information about the case.

Neighbors said they think the attacker fled in a dark-colored or black car, possibly a Ford Mustang.

Hood was scheduled to appear in court next month in Madison County on a 2013 charge alleging possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine. Hood had been pulled over by Collinsville police officers and found to be in possession of suspected illegal substances, which were sent off for testing, according to Stephanee Smith, spokeswoman for the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office.

When testing showed that substance was methamphetamine, Hood was charged on the fugitive docket in December 2013. Hood was taken into custody in March 2015, and the case has received a number of continuances. His next court date was scheduled for Nov. 9.

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