Two armed felons at an East St. Louis, Illinois gas station caused thousands in property damage in the course of a pre-dawn shootout.
The incident occurred at the Gas Mart on Missouri Avenue at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 12. when the two men began exchanging gunfire in the parking lot. During the ensuing back and forth gunplay, with one suspect in a car and another at times on foot, gas station patrons can be seen diving for cover as windows break, one even sliding under a nearby SUV until the coast is clear.
“Two individuals shooting at one another– they weren’t shooting at anyone else– but as you know once bullets leave weapons they can go anywhere and that is exactly what was occurring,” said Detective Ronald McClellan with the East St. Louis Police Department.
Although there were no casualties, there was significant property damage. McClellan says the men, each with an extensive criminal background, are known to police and they plan to submit the case to the State’s Attorney’s Office.
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