ALTON, Ill. ( -- Authorities arrested a 22-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a man inside a gas station in Alton Friday night.

Pedro Cisneros-Vega, 22, of Alton, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated unlawful use of weapons. 

Pedro Cisneros-Vega Mugshot

Police said Austin Pierson, 22, was shot inside of a Shell gas station in the 2500 block of Brown Street just before 7:15 p.m. after receiving a report of a fight. 

According to investigators, two separate accidents in the area are connected to the deadly shooting: a hit-and-run crash in East Alton and a crash near Route 140 at Route 159 in Madison County. Cisneros-Vega was also taken into custody at the second crash scene and being held at the Alton jail without bond. 

Officials say the shooting was not random and believe Pierson and Cisneros-Vega knew each other. 

Other information was not immediately known.


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