Madison County weekend shootings: One man in custody, another at large

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Timothy Cook and Nekemar Pearson.

Timothy Cook and Nekemar Pearson.

MADISON COUNTY, IL (KTVI) – One man is in custody and another man remains at large in connection with a pair of shootings that took place over the weekend, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

According to the sheriff’s office, the first shooting occurred Friday, June 12 just after 11:20 p.m. in the 2200 block of Pontoon Road in Granite City. The victims told Granite City police officers that two men armed with handguns began firing at them without warning. No one was injured in the shooting, but at least two vehicles were struck by bullets.

Then just after midnight, an Alton man was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital for a gunshot wound to the arm at a house party in the 300 block of St. Charles in Godfrey, Illinois. Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that the suspects got into an argument with people at the party, culminating in gunfire.

When deputies met with the 23-year-old victim at the hospital, he said he was approached by Nekemar Pearson (a.k.a. “Johnny Blaze”), who then threatened to kill him. Investigators were able to identify the other gunman as Timothy Cook.

Cook met with sheriff’s deputies on June 15 and was taken into custody on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm. His bail was set at $200,000.

Pearson is actively wanted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 618-692-0871. You can also reach their dispatch center at 618-692-4433 and their anonymous tip line at 618-296-3000.