UPDATED: Shooting Investigation Closes Poplar Street Bridge This Morning, Initial Reports Suggest Ties to East Side Nightclub

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The Poplar Street Bridge (foreground) as viewed looking toward East St. Louis.
All westbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge were closed this morning at 7 a.m. for about 15 minutes as St. Louis police searched for evidence tied to a double-shooting.

Details are scare but KMOV has the scoop:

The shooting happened around 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday at a night club in the Metro-East.

Authorities say that a 24-year-old woman was shot to death and a male victim was also shot and seriously wounded.

According to Illinois State Police, the victims were driving from a night club in Brooklyn, Ill. to the Poplar Street Bridge at the time of the shooting.

Not sure what evidence police expected to find on a busy freeway three hours after the crime took place (a ditched weapon perhaps?) but they felt it was important enough to wreak havoc on the morning commute.

Of course, this isn't the first time the bridge has been closed to traffic while police investigated a homicide tied to an east side nightclub.

UPDATE 1:04 p.m.: KTRS is reporting that the club in question is the Pink Slip a strip joint Brooklyn, Illinois. Pic of the place after the jump.

UPDATE 2: Carolyn P. Smith of The BND has all the details, including names of victims and why police closed the bridge (they're unsure of the location of the crime scene).

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http://www.metrowatch.net/staticpages/index.php?page=Pink_Slip
​Earlier this year the liquor laws of East St. Louis and the city's mayor came under fire when Metro east law enforcement officials called a press conference and reported that "fifteen homicides over the past five years came directly out of East St. Louis nightclubs" and in January, two cars leaving an East St. Louis club exchanged fire on the Poplar Street Bridge, killing a 23 year-old woman.

Check back for more details on the latest shooting as they emerge and in the meantime, read our feature story on late-night violence and East St. Louis clubs. If the most recent incident is in fact tied to a club in Brooklyn, expect the issue to come to the fore once again.
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