CAHOKIA, IL (KTVI) - The Major Case Squad is active in Cahokia, looking for answers in the death of a 45 year old woman who was gunned down in her home. Detectives are saying little about any evidence or any leads they have.
The incident was being described as a home invasion, but now police are saying perhaps not.
Police are looking for a man and woman described as persons of interest. Photos that were released of the two were taken by security cameras in Cahokia, but cops won't say where.
So what happened? A witness tells FOX 2 this whole thing started with a simple knock on the door at Cassandra Holman's home on Kenneth Avenue. There were four adults and four kids inside according to that witness, who claims several suspects rushed into the house when someone answered the knock. From there, that witness says people were ordered to the floor and robbed of their valuables. It was then they allegedly sprayed the place with gunfire, hitting two people, including Holman who died a couple of hours later at local hospital.
Before she died, she managed to run for help. Her bloody handprints were still visible on a neighbor's door.
That's the witness account, but late last night, detectives spoke to FOX 2’s Paul Shankman and painted a picture somewhat different from what witnesses described.
Schankman asked, “This has been referred to as a home invasion Was anything actually taken?”
“Not that we know of that this time, no,” was the response by Sgt. Scott Workman, the Major Case Squad Deputy Commander.
“What was the motive for the invasion then?” ask Shankman.
“I can't comment on that right now.”
Again, police want to talk to a man and woman about this shooting which killed Cassandra Holman and injured another man. That second victim, who was hit in the leg, is expected to be okay.
As for Ms. Holman, we're told she was a mother of nine, though only seven of her children are still living. She worked at a food mart in St. Louis.
If you have any information, contact the Major Case Squad here at the Cahokia Police Department at 618-337-9505.