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GoFundMe established for Casino Queen guard shot during robbery

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Heavy police presence at Casino Queen in East St. Louis following an armed robbery (Credit: KMOV) Heavy police presence at Casino Queen in East St. Louis following an armed robbery (Credit: KMOV)

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) - Casino Queen has partnered with CrimeStoppers to offer up to a $26,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the suspects involved in an armed robbery at the casino. 

Police are still investigating the robbery that happened early Sunday morning in East St. Louis. 

Around 2:51 a.m., three suspects armed with assault rifles entered the casino and fired a shot into the air. Two of the suspects then jumped into the cashiers' area and carried out the robbery. The third suspect stood watch and reportedly shot the security guard when he arrived.

The security guard was taken to the hospital, where he is in stable condition. The injured security guard is also a volunteer New Athens firefighter. He has reportedly worked security at the casino for about 20 years.

The suspects left the casino with an undetermined amount of cash. No casino guests were hurt during the incident.

A GoFundMe account was later created for the security guard. You can donate by clicking here.

On Sunday afternoon, Casino Queen released the following statement on the robbery: 

The Casino Queen can confirm that our facility was targeted by armed robbers overnight who shot one of our unarmed security guards during the robbery.  We are grateful that his injuries do not appear to be life threatening and he is currently listed in stable condition. Our thoughts are with him and his family as we all wish him a speedy recovery.

Casino Queen’s security force is supplemented by armed, sworn officers of the Illinois Gaming Board. Due to the quick actions of the Illinois Gaming Board agents and our trained staff we are thankful to report our patrons were safely evacuated during this brief, very isolated incident. 

We appreciate the swift response of the officers from the Illinois Gaming Board, the Illinois State Police and East St. Louis Police.  We would also like to thank the local police departments from Belleville, Sauget and Washington Park, Illinois who arrived quickly on the scene to offer help. The investigation is now being handled by the Illinois State Police’s Zone 6 Investigative Unit from Collinsville, Illinois, with whom we are cooperating fully.

Casino Queen intends to reopen as soon as the authorities complete their investigation.  We remain committed to providing a safe environment for our patrons and employees.  

The casino later released another statement:

The Illinois State Police and Illinois Gaming Board have authorized the reopening of the Casino Queen following a random armed robbery overnight. It will reopen for business at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning.

While the investigation continues, our thoughts and prayers continue to be focused on the security guard injured during this very isolated incident, and we are pleased to report that he remains listed in stable condition. We all wish him a speedy recovery.

Illinois State Police and casino security are reviewing surveillance footage of the robbery and are interviewing witnesses to identify the suspects. Anyone with any information is asked to call the ISP at 618-346-3990 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS. 

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