The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been activated following a double shooting in Fairview Heights that left a 26-year-old man dead and a 22-year-old man injured.
The deceased was identified by police as Sean J. Redd of Washington Park. Redd suffered “multiple gunshot wounds” Tuesday night, according to police.
The injured man who was also shot has not been identified as of Wednesday afternoon, but police said he was treated at a local hospital and released. Police said the man who was injured is helping authorities in the ongoing investigation.
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Investigators said one suspect was in custody during a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Fairview Heights Police Department. The person’s name was not released.
Fairview Heights Police Lt. Mike Hoguet, who is serving as deputy commander of the Major Case Squad, said the person in custody is in their 20s.
Hoguet said a fight broke out between subjects who were “very familiar” with each other.
“What had occurred is that three subjects decided to go back to this person’s residence later in the evening, apparently wanted to possibly do a robbery or do harm to him, and a fight broke out between the subjects. During the fight, some guns were drawn and shots were fired. Subjects were hit,” Hoguet said.
According to Fairview Heights police, suspects fled on foot after the struggle and were not immediately located Tuesday.
Authorities were notified at about 10 p.m. Tuesday that residents of Ashley Drive heard multiple gunshots.
When they arrived in the area, police found two men at 142 Ashley Drive with multiple gunshot wounds. One of the victims, Redd, later died at an area hospital, while the other received wounds that were not believed to be life-threatening. Police said Redd was not a resident of the apartment.
Police also said Wednesday they have been called out to the apartment at 142 Ashley Drive in the past.
Consuela Foster, a resident of an apartment adjacent to the shooting site, said she was one of the people who heard gunshots.
“I was sitting in the living room after I got home from church at about 9:30 or 10,” Foster said. “At first I thought it was a car backfiring. But then I thought, ‘no, that’s gunfire.’”
Foster said she heard 4-5 shots in two bursts. There were two rapid reports, a short pause and then two or three more shots in quick succession.
“I’ve lived here for a year and a half, and it’s always been a real quiet neighborhood,” Foster said. “There haven’t been any problems at all. So I’m shocked that something like this happened. I guess I’m going to have to be more careful and pay more attention to what’s going on around here.”
Another neighbor said she arrived home after the shooting to find that the road to her building was blocked by police, and she had to be escorted to her apartment.
The woman said she wasn’t surprised by the violence.
She said there have been several disturbances at the apartment in recent weeks including a situation when a woman was thrown out of the residence, and the woman told people that occupants of the apartment were dealing drugs. There was also a break-in at an apartment a couple of weeks ago that caused tension in the area, the neighbor said.
Authorities said they are continuing to follow leads, but hope to wrap up “by Friday or Saturday,” according to Hoguet.
In addition to the Major Case Squad and Fairview Heights Police, Illinois State Police, St. Clair County Sheriff, St. Clair County Probation Department, Caseyville Police, O’Fallon Police and Swansea Police have assisted in the investigation.
Police asked that anyone with information call authorities at 618-304-0212 or 618-363-3218.