EAST ST. LOUIS – Following a week of gun violence in the city, East St. Louis Mayor issued a city-wide curfew that goes into effect tonight at midnight, as well as other measures to help curb recent crime.
In a press conference Friday afternoon, the new citywide curfew will be from midnight until 6 a.m. for the foreseeable future.
There also will be plans for more lighting, cameras, and police presence throughout the city.
“The solution to the violence that continues to plague the East St. Louis community and our region requires us to listen to one another, to come together to fight for resources and address these problems,” East St. Louis Mayor Robert Eastern III said in the conference.
Three suspects are in custody after an hours-long stand-off in East St. Louis that ended early Friday morning. Authorities believe the three are connected with an East St. Louis shooting that left seven people hurt Thursday afternoon.
The stand-off ended at the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and 6th Street in East St. Louis around 2 a.m. Friday. FOX 2 photographer Jason Maxwell heard at least two large bangs from the SWAT team.
Not too long after that, the three suspects were arrested.
In the press conference, officials said some of the seven who were injured were innocent bystanders but did not elaborate on a motive behind the shooting other than to say the three in custody are known to police.
“I’m praying and I’m pleading to our young people, stop the gun violence. Making these unnecessary decisions is harming people and impacting lives and communities,” Mayor Eastern said.
Another shooting occurred earlier this week that killed three-year-old Calyia Stringer. She was watching TV inside a home Sunday when a stray bullet entered and struck her in the head.
A vigil and balloon release took place Friday evening to honor Calyia.
Despite recent gun violence, the East St. Louis mayor said violent crime is down 53% and homicide is down 67%.