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3 in custody after child, 6 others hospitalized in East St. Louis shooting

A child was among the seven people shot in East St. Louis. Three suspects were taken into custody overnight Friday

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Three suspects are in custody after seven people, including a child, were injured in a shooting in East St. Louis Thursday afternoon. 

The Illinois State Police said the shooting happened at around 4 p.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and 6th Street. Seven people, including a child, were taken to the hospital for treatment. As of Friday morning, police said they did not know the conditions of the victims.

Shortly after the shooting, a MetroLink train collided with a car near the area of the shooting. Somehow the driver of that car was said to be involved.

No one on the train was seriously hurt, but 10 people from the train were taken away by ambulance with minor injuries from the crash.

Thursday evening, SWAT and police officers had surrounded a partially demolished home in the area while continuing to search for suspects. Police were also using a drone, helicopter and plane in the search.

Around 2:30 a.m., three suspects were found in the basement and were taken into custody.

East St. Louis officials gave an update Friday afternoon, where there was a citywide curfew put in place.

Police still have not said what led up to the shooting or how many people may have been involved.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

Resources for crime victims:

If you have been a victim of a crime or know someone who has been, 5 On Your Side has compiled a list of resources.

Better Family Life is a nonprofit community development organization working to “stabilize inner-city neighborhoods.” One aspect of its mission is a gun violence de-escalation program.

To learn more, call 314-381-8200 or visit https://www.betterfamilylife.org/

Life Outside of Violence “helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence.”

To learn more, call 314-327-6697 or email: ProjectLOV@WUSTL.edu

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has an anti-crime program called “Safety Net for Youth Initiative,” which is a joint partnership between and Saint Louis Public Schools to provide services to at-risk youth.

To learn more, visit https://www.ulstl.com/anti-crime-initiative.html

Cure Violence is an international organization that has recently launched in a handful of St. Louis neighborhoods. Violence interrupters are trained to deescalate violent situations within their own communities. To learn more, visit https://cvg.org/