Several people were injured in a fire that struck East St. Louis, Illinois, on Thursday, and police launched a manhunt to arrest the suspects, who threw their escape car onto a train, according to the mayor and local police officials. Media.
No deaths have been reported so far. Not many details are yet known about the episode, which took place around 16:00 (local time).
According to local television station KMOV-TV, part of the CBS network, three suspects opened fire and then tried to escape by passing a train at a railway crossing, where there was a collision between the train and their car. Police are searching for the suspects in a nearby area with vegetation, according to the same station.
The mayor of East St. Louis, Robert Stern III, speaking to Reuters, limited himself to saying that there were several injured, without going into details.
«We will have more information soon. Right now, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families“, He stated.
According to KMOV, about 10 passengers of the train underwent medical examinations on the spot.
Several people have been injured by bullets, the station reported. However, he did not specify their number or their status.
Another local station, KTVI, part of the Fox network, quoted unnamed officials as saying three people had been injured by bullets at a meat market in East St. Louis. According to the same source, the police are looking for up to six suspects.
East St. Louis, a city of about 25,000 in the southwestern tip of Illinois, on the other side of the Mississippi River opposite St. Louis, Missouri, has been plagued by years of poverty and crime.
Analysis of data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on crime from the specialized website Security.org in 2019 indicated that East St. Louis has the highest homicide rate among U.S. cities with more than 10,000 inhabitants; the rate of violent crime across the country.