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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – An 18-year-old southern Illinois man has been charged with first-degree murder in an East St. Louis shooting.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Darren McCloud of Shiloh was arrested Tuesday and charged with killing 19-year-old Fredrick Purnell.

McCloud is accused of walking up to a car in which Purnell was a passenger and shooting several rounds inside. Authorities say a 16-year-old passenger who was shot in the back remains hospitalized but is expected to survive.

Police say another 16-year-old had just picked Purnell up in Belleville. Both the driver and his 11-year-old sister, who also was in the car, were unharmed.

McCloud remained in the St. Clair County Jail Thursday on a $1 million bond. It wasn’t clear if he has hired an attorney who can comment on his case.

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