East St. Louis, IL (KSDK) – The threat of serious violence caused East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks to suddenly close four late-night businesses. It happened around 10:45 Tuesday night.
Mayor Parks says he got a tip that there were around ten men walking the streets with what he called “heavy artillery” and spreading the message that “someone’s going to die.” It’s not clear exactly what kind of weapons the men may have been carrying, but the mayor says the tip was enough to make him take action.
Police say there was a shooting in the Edgemont neighborhood of East St. Louis on Monday night. Mayor Parks believes Tuesday night’s threats may have been an attempt at retaliation. So, he made the decision to close Hong Kong Chop Suey, Crown Food Market, Speedway Market and Garden Grill Market. All are along State Street east of 59th Street.
That pretty much ends what passes for legitimate commerce in ESL.
Around ten men are carrying heavy artillery running the streets saying that someone’s going to die. If you’re the Mayor, would you: (A) Send the Police to arrest the ten men, or (B) Close four businesses?