Less than 24 hours after two teens were killed, East St. Louis Police were handling their 17th homicide of the year.
The city manager blamed the mounting death toll on a drug war spilling over from across the Mississippi. He vowed action.
Tyrone Windett, 56, was shot in the face and found before 4 a.m. Friday in the front room of his house at 2712 Belleview Ave. in East St. Louis, said Assistant Police Chief Lenzie Stewart.
Police were called after neighbors found Windett. Officers found the front door kicked in and Windett on his back.
"Some items in the room had been thrown about," Stewart said.
Police were canvassing the neighborhood. They did not know what was missing or have a motive or suspects Friday morning.
East St. Louis City Manager Robert Betts said he met with top police and detectives to strategize about what to do. He said they plan to reach out to other municipalities.
He blamed the murders on a mix of poverty, joblessness, drugs and gangs.
"There's a drug war in St. Louis that spilled over into East St. Louis. Law enforcement in St. Louis is pushing a lot of crime out into other areas," Betts said.
"They have the resources to fight crime. We don't. It's a priority for us to do something about the crime in our city. We are trying to put things in place to deal with the crime that is occurring here."