Shooting leaves multiple victims in East St. Louis, Illinois

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(Reuters) - A shooting on Thursday in East St. Louis, Illinois, has left multiple victims and authorities have mounted a manhunt for suspects who crashed a getaway car into a commuter train, according to the mayor and law enforcement cited by local media.

Few official details were immediately available to Reuters about the violence, which unfolded at about 4 p.m. local time.

But station KMOV-TV, a local CBS affiliate, cited police as saying three suspects opened fire before trying to drive past a train at a nearby railroad crossing, where the getaway vehicle was struck by the train.

Police were searching for the suspects in an adjacent wooded area, KMOV reported.

East St. Louis Mayor Robert Eastern III, speaking to Reuters from the scene, confirmed multiple victims were shot but provided no further details.

"We will have more information soon. But right now, our thoughts and prayers are going out to the victims and their families," he said.

The CBS affiliate, citing MetroLink officials, said about 10 passengers from the train were being checked on the scene for possible injuries. The number of people shot was not immediately known, KMOV said.

Another local news station, Fox affiliate KTVI, reported the shooting unfolded near a meat market in East St. Louis, and that police were searching for as many as six suspects. KTVI later reported three people were wounded, citing unnamed officials.

East St. Louis, a city of about 25,000 residents in the southwestern corner of Illinois, across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, has long had a reputation for crime and poverty.

A 2019 analysis of FBI crime data by found that East St. Louis had the highest per-capita murder rate for U.S. cities of more than 10,000 residents, and ranked fourth in terms of all violent crime.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago, Dan Whitcomb and Tim Reid in Los Angeles and Rich McKay in Atlanta; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Chris Reese)

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