BROOKLYN, IL ( KTVI)-An anti-crime "surge" in the East St. Louis area, just hours old, was already facing a new murder case, Sunday.Police said a North St. Louis County man was shot to death outside a strip club in Brooklyn, Illinois, just after 3:30 a.m., Sunday.
Investigators said there was potentially ironclad evidence in the case.
The Save Our Streets surge of federal agents and state police into violent crime-ridden areas of St. Clair county, just announced by the U.S. Attorney, was less than 4 hours old when shots rang out in Brooklyn.'About 20 until four this morning, Brooklyn Police responded to shots fired and a man down. Upon their arrival they found a gunshot victim in the parking lot of Roxy`s Night Club,' said Lt. Dave Wasmuth of the Illinois State Police.
He said the victim, 32, of Vinita Park, was standing in line at a BBQ between Roxy`s and PT`s across the street; investigators were not sure whether he was the intended target;surveillance video ought to help them figure it out. 'No suspects are identified. No vehicles have been identified yet. We`re hoping further analysis of the video will supply us with that information,' Wasmuth said.The victim died at a hospital.
Wasmuth said he was likely at one of the clubs.Even if witnesses gave investigators little information, Wasmuth said surveillance cameras caughtNearly everything and would hopefully fill in a lot of gaps in the investigation. 'The video will show - does show the shooting occurring. There are several video surveillance cameras set up on the outside of the clubs. They captured the incident as it occurred,' Wasmuth said.
He also said there was no sign the shooting resulted from any problem at one of the clubs; no one else was hurt. The Save Our Streets initiative will include the FBI, ATF, and Illinois State Police. Agents and officers will target unsolved violent crimes; known violent offenders and gang members in East St. Louis, Washington Park, Alorton and Brooklyn.
If you have any information about this case, call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS. You don't have to leave your name and you may get a cash reward.
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