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Charges issued after man killed, 2 injured in East St. Louis shootings

Howard Doolin was involved in three separate shootings on Dec. 23. In one of the shootings, a man died.
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A Madison man has been charged with murder after a man was shot and killed in east St. Louis on Dec. 23.

Howard Doolin, 35, was charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery with discharge of a firearm, aggravated battery with a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm while on parole.

Police said on the morning of Dec. 23, Doolin shot James E. Shafer in the leg, which resulted in Shafer’s death.

Doolin also shot a woman in the abdomen and another woman in the leg, according to the press release.

Each shooting happened at different locations in East St. Louis.

He is being held on a $1 million bond.

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