Men from O’Fallon, Centreville charged in shooting of teen in Edwardsville

Jermaine Harper and Anthony Danley
Jermaine Harper and Anthony Danley

A 25-year-old from O’Fallon and a 24-year-old from Centreville were charged Friday in connection with the shooting of a teenage boy in Edwardsville.

A 17-year-old Glen Carbon boy was riding Thursday in a yellow compact vehicle near Fourth and Bryant streets at about 3:50 p.m. when an altercation inside the car turned violent. According to Edwardsville Police Chief Jay Keeven, there were two other people in the car, and one of them shot the teen.

The teenager fled the car and was able to walk to Edwardsville Fire Station No. 2, located in the Montclaire neighborhood.

"He was awake and conscious when taken away by the EMTs," Keeven said. The teen’s condition was not known Friday morning, but his injuries were not expected to be life-threatening.

There were multiple witnesses to the shooting, Keeven said, including two people in another car and some of the neighbors on that street.

“We had just tremendous assistance from that neighborhood,” Keeven said. “Everyone was very forthcoming, which is very helpful when you’re trying to conduct an investigation.”

We had just tremendous assistance from that neighborhood. Everyone was very forthcoming, which is very helpful when you’re trying to conduct an investigation.

Jay Keeven, Edwardsville Police Chief

The car was described as a yellow compact vehicle, possibly a two-door, with severe rear-end damage. A car matching that description was stopped later Thursday evening in Cahokia by the Illinois State Police, Keeven said. Later Friday, the Madison County State’s Attorney charged two men with multiple felonies in the shooting.

Charged were Jermaine Harper, 25, of O’Fallon; and Anthony Danley, 24, of Centreville. Both face one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony; aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony; and attempted robbery, a Class 1 felony.

Bail was set at $150,000 each, and both men remained in custody Friday afternoon at the Madison County Jail. Keeven said the teenager was acquainted with at least one of the men who allegedly trying to rob him, but said he could not elaborate further on the details of the altercation.

Keeven commended the investigative work by Edwardsville and Cahokia police along with Illinois State Police and the witnesses’ support.

“We are fortunate to live in a community where citizens support the efforts of their police officers and refuse to accept criminal activity within their neighborhoods,” Keeven said. “I am truly grateful to be a member of a police department that receives such great support from the citizens we serve.”

Gun violence is fairly rare in Edwardsville, Keeven said. There was one officer-involved shooting last year, in which an officer was accidentally shot by another officer as they were attacked during an arrest. Other than that, Keeven said, it has been more than a decade since the last shooting in Edwardsville: In 2003, Antonio Jones was shot and killed in his apartment in front of his two young sons.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald