Fight between multiple people in Illinois leaves one dead, one charged with murder

conflict between multiple people in illinois results in one dead and one man charged with murder
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May. 18 2021, Published 9:33 a.m. ET

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A fight between multiple people in Illinois resulted ended with one dead and one man charged with murder, police said.

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On May 14, police from the Cahokia Heights, Illinois, area responded to reports of gunshots fired involving multiple people around 3 p.m., authorities said.

A Cahokia Heights police sergeant acted quickly and requested assistance from surrounding police stations to help set up a perimeter to keep the people involved in the area, police said.

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Once police arrived, they found Keon Dotts, 21, lying in a yard, police said.

In addition to Dotts, a 17-year-old boy was injured and taken to a local hospital. He was still being treated on May 16, according to authorities.

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The name of the 17-year-old has not been released and no one has been charged in connection to his shooting, police said. 

Dotts was also taken to a hospital and he later died, Belleville-News Democrat reported.

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Deandre Reed, 20, was arrested a short time after the shooting and charged on May 16, authorities said.

According to authorities, Reed fled the scene to a nearby assisted living facility but was unable to get inside. He was caught by one of the assisting police agencies.

Police said they are still investigating what led to incident, but only know that a conflict between multiple people resulted in the shooting.

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Reed was charged with two counts of murder, both for Dotts’ death, police said.

One charge is for murder/intent to kill/injure and the second is for murder/strong probability to kill/injure, cops said.

He is being held in the St. Clair County Jail and bail was set at $1 million. 

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