Gun battle leaves 3 dead outside Metro East club

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 23, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 24 at 8:51 AM

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Police are investigating an early morning gun battle outside of an East St. Louis club that left three men dead.

Investigators say a confrontation broke out between two groups of men inside Club VIP, located in the 6800 block of State Street, at 2:15 Sunday morning. The incident led to a shooting that killed three men and injured two others.

Police say the men were kicked out of the club, then continued the confrontation in the parking lot. The conflict escalated into a gun battle.

Two men, ages 20 and 21, died of gunshot wounds at the scene. Three others were transported to St. Louis hospitals for treatment, where two 18-year-olds were treated and released. A 19-year-old man was listed in critical condition, and later died from his injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Illinois State Police at 618-346-3776 or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

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