Jonathon Jones: Shot Dead, Two Friends Wounded in Washington Park Home Invasion
Police arrived at a house on the 1300 block of N 51st Street at 12:42 a.m. and found that 25-year-old Jonathon Jones had become the village's third homicide of 2010.
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Jermaine Lloyd and Orlando Lang, both 25, were also wounded when an unidentified gunman entered the residence and opened fire.
The Belleville News-Democrat has the details:
A fourth person in the house was not hurt. Police interviewed that person but have not been able to establish a motive or determine whether the shooter knew the victims.Read the whole story here.
[Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Dave] Wasmuth said the shooter was inside the house.
Multiple shell casings were found but no weapon. All three victims were from the metro-east but police would not be more specific.
And then read this (tangentially) related article about how public officials on the Illinois side of the Mississippi are trying to "establish a new brand" for the metro east. Apparently after 75-plus years of heinous crime and pollution it's time for an image makeover.