On 10/02/17 at 1650 hours officers from the Mt Vernon Police Department responded to the area of South 24th and Logan Street for a report of gunshots fired. The initial investigation indicated subjects in two different vehicles had been involved and multiple shots were fired. One vehicle was struck but there were no injuries. A Mt Vernon Police Crime Scene Technician and Mt Vernon Police Detectives were called in to assist with the investigation.
As a result of this shooting, 25 year-old Mt Vernon resident Karim McGee was taken into custody on preliminary charges of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon. McGee was incarcerated in the Jefferson County Justice Center with bond to be set.
At 2201 hours officers responded to another incident of gunshots fired in the area of 23rd and Conger in Mt Vernon. Two people were injured by the gunfire. A Mt Vernon Police Crime Scene Technician and Mt Vernon Police Detectives were called in to assist with the investigation. During the investigation several subjects were interviewed, evidence was recovered, a firearm, narcotics, and currency were seized. The two victims were both treated and released from area hospitals.
At 2242 hours a report of gunshots fired in the area of the 600 block of Lamar was received. When an officer became available, the area was checked but there was no contact with a victim and no evidence was located. On 10/03/17 officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Conger which had been struck by gunfire. Mt Vernon Police Detectives and an Illinois State Police Crime Scene Technician responded to investigate.
These incidents are all believed to be related. The investigation is on-going and additional arrests are likely.
McGee is considered innocent until proven guilty in court.