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Police question person of interest in East St. Louis shooting death

Chief Hubbard, At Fatal Crime Scene

Chief Michael Hubbard talks about the crime scene and investigation near the intersection of 37th and Vanburen streets in East St. Louis.
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Chief Michael Hubbard talks about the crime scene and investigation near the intersection of 37th and Vanburen streets in East St. Louis.

Police are questioning a person of interest in connection with the shooting death of a 32-year-old East St. Louis man that occurred Monday evening in the 1300 block of North 37th Street. The name of the person of interest was not released by police, because he or she has not been charged with a crime.

Ralph Collier of 1368 N. 37th St was shot and killed as a hail of bullets rang out shortly before 4 p.m. near his home. Another man was critically wounded when he was struck by multiple bullets. East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Hubbard said that victim, who is also an East St. Louis resident, remains hospitalized.

Police were dispatched to 37th and Van Buren streets after they received a call reporting shots fired, man down, Hubbard said.

The call came in at 4:01 p.m. Monday and police arrived shortly after and located the two men on a vacant parking lot next to Collier’s home. They processed the crime scene and interviewed potential witnesses.

Hubbard said anyone with information regarding this homicide and subsequent shooting is urged to call the East St. Louis Police Department at 618-482-6767, Illinois State Police at 618-346-3990 or CrimeStoppers, an anonymous tip line that pays up to $1,000, at 1-866-TIPS (8477).

Hubbard said an altercation of some sort occurred between the victims and others at 25th and State streets and bled over to 37th street. He said a motive has yet to be established.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503

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