This afternoon, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine charged two suspects involved in the shooting that took place last night.
16-year-old Jacob Godoy of Woodson Terrace, Missouri was charged as an adult with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm and 19-year-old Jimmy Ortiz of Hazelwood, Missouri was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm. Godoy is facing 20-80 years and Ortiz 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if convicted, according to the Madison County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office Facebook page.
The Illinois State Police had custody of four suspects as of 2 a.m. this morning, but the other two were released without charges.
The victim, an SIUE student, who was shot the night of Thursday Jan. 14, is currently in critical but stable condition at a hospital in St. Louis, according to SIUE Police Chief Kevin Schmoll. Two SIUE students were in the vehicle when the shooting occurred at the intersection of I-270 and I-157; one was driving, and the other was shot.
After the shooting, the two SIUE students were able to flee the scene and the driver placed a 911 call. University Police found them and administered first-aid. An ambulance arrived to take the victim to a hospital shortly thereafter.
“Sometimes bad things happen in good places, and that's what happened last night," Schmoll said.
While investigating the shooting at I-255 and I-157, Schmoll said there was a report of shots fired at Axis Apartments to Edwardsville Police Department. SIUE released an e-Lert stating this, but Schmoll said the officers at Axis Apartments found no evidence of foul play.
SIUE then released another e-Lert stating the incident at Axis Apartments had no evidence of foul play, and the two incidents were not believed to be related.
“We didn’t know if [the report at Axis Apartments] was related to this, or a separate incident … We later sent out, as we got information, further e-Lerts,” Schmoll said.
SIUE sent an email out to the community Friday morning, which listed many resources for students affected by these events, such as SIUE Counseling Services, the SIUE Police, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The Alestle will continue to provide further updates as more information arises.