MT. VERNON — Three people remain in the Jefferson County Jail following their arrests Friday afternoon in connection with the shooting of an individual in the 900 block of South 25th Street in Mt. Vernon.
According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, around 11:44 Friday morning, officers from the Mt Vernon Police Department responded to the 900 block of South 25th Street for a report of gunshots fired.
Additional reports indicated one person had been shot, multiple people were fleeing the area on foot, and the suspects had left the area in a vehicle. Medical personnel from Litton’s Ambulance Service and the Mt Vernon Fire Department were also dispatched.
Upon officers arrival it was confirmed that one person had been struck by gunfire. Around the same time, Jefferson County Coroner Roger Hayse radioed the Mt Vernon Police Dispatch Center reporting he was following the vehicle suspected of the shooting.
The vehicle began to travel northbound on Interstate 57 and exited at the Dix exit. Law enforcement personnel from the Mt Vernon Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and Illinois State Police initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in a rural area west of Dix and detained three people.
Mt Vernon Police Department Detectives and a Mt Vernon Police Crime Scene Technician began processing the scene and interviewing those involved.
During the course of the investigation one handgun was located near the shooting scene, a second handgun was located on South 34th near South Watertower Road, and a third handgun was located near the traffic stop location.
The three occupants of the vehicle – 22-year-old Alexsis James, 19-year-old Isley Petties, and 19-year-old Roderick Burnett – were charged with Mob Action. James was additionally charged with Obstructing Justice. This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are expected.