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"Johnny Blaze" sought after allegedly firing gunshots over the weekend in the Metro East

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Police are asking for help locating Nekemar Pearson, a.k.a. “Johnny Blaze,” in connection with two weekend shootings in the Metro East. Police are asking for help locating Nekemar Pearson, a.k.a. “Johnny Blaze,” in connection with two weekend shootings in the Metro East.
Tim Cook is accused of two weekend shootings in the Metro East. Tim Cook is accused of two weekend shootings in the Metro East.

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Police in Granite City are asking for help locating an Alton man known as “Johnny Blaze” after two separate shootings in the Metro East over the weekend.

According to police, 19-year-old Nekemar Pearson, known on the streets as “Johnny Blaze,” and Timothy L. Cook fired bullets at a group of people on Pontoon Road in Granite City Friday night. No injuries were reported in the incident. 

Less than 24 hours after the shots were fired Friday night, police responded to a call in Godfrey where a man was shot. The 23-year-old who was shot told police Pearson, 19, said he was going to kill him before he started firing.

Police were able to gather evidence in both cases and took Cook, 18, into custody Monday.

Anyone with information regarding Pearson's whereabouts is urged to contact the Madison County Sheriff's Department at 618-692-0871, or to remain anonymous dial 618-296-3000.

Cook and Pearson are both facing charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and two felony charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Both investigations are ongoing.

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