Teen shot multiple times near Collinsville, taken to the hospital

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. – Police are searching for the person or persons responsible for shooting and injuring a 17-year-old while he was walking near Collinsville late Sunday night.

According to Captain Bruce Fleshren, Chief of Investigations for the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, the teenager was shot just after 9:10 p.m. Sunday near Art and Eva streets, located in the State Park Place neighborhood.

The victim and his friend were walking in the intersection when they were approached by four men. Police said “words were exchanged” between both parties before the shooting, but did not elaborate further.

At least two of the suspects began shooting. The 17-year-old was struck several times in the upper body, but his friend managed to flee uninjured.

The victim was taken to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in critical condition.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 618-277-3504.