Neighbors: Newly-married man fatally shot in home with children inside


by staff

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 12:14 PM

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( -- The Major Case Squad is investigating after a man was shot to death in his Belleville apartment Sunday afternoon. Neighbors say the victim’s children were there when it happened.


St. Clair County deputies said they were called to an apartment complex in the 5900 block of Gateway Industrial and found a 25-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. 

He was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police said they were not releasing the victim's identity pending notification of his family.

Bruce Mitzan, who lives in the apartment underneath where the victim was shot, said he heard noises come from above.

“It was two rapid fire and then three rapid fire,” Mitzan said, “Like bang, bang, bang, bang and then it sounded like a tussle.”

Mitzan said he checked out the scene and his worst fears were confirmed.

“I walked out the door,” said Mitzan, “and there’s police, Illinois State Police, St. Clair County, ambulance [and] crime scene.”

Neighbors said the victim lived in the apartment for about a year and kept mostly to himself.

“He was a young man, really nice guy,” Mitzan said, “He just got married about a week ago. His kids were up there at the time. Just terrible.”

Authorities say 14 detectives from neighboring agencies are assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Major Case Squad at (618) - 825-5200.