Authorities in East St. Louis, Illinois are looking for several suspects they say they shot six people before hitting a commuter train in a dangerous escape attempt on Thursday.
Illinois State Police said in a statement that the shooting took place around 4 pm local time in the city’s downtown area near 6th Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive. Six were beaten with ammunition and another boy was injured.
All seven were hospitalized. Police spokeswoman Beth Hansdorfer said their condition was not immediately available.
St. Louis Metro said on Twitter that the service was interrupted by a car on the railroad track and told the rider to anticipate a delay.
The three suspects were reportedly on the run in a nearby forest area.
According to KMOV-4, about 10 train passengers were being treated for injuries on-site. The station said the suspect tried to overtake the train at a nearby intersection with a runaway car.
East St. Louis is located about 6 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri.
“The situation is still evolving,” state police said in a statement, urging the public to avoid the area.
Contributed by: Christal Hayes, USA TODAY; Associated Press
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