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3 indicted for gunfire in Alton

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EDWARDSVILLE — Indictments were issued Thursday by a Madison County grand jury against three people involved in May 1 shootings near the intersection of Belle and Mitchell in Alton.

Martell T. Porter, 26, of Alton, was indicted as an armed habitual criminal, a Class X felony, and for six counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony.

The case was originally presented by the Alton Police Department.

According to court documents, Porter allegedly had a .40 caliber handgun and fired at buildings in the 3200 block of Belle Street and in the 300 block of Mitchell Street, as well as at a specific person and an occupied vehicle.


The armed habitual criminal charge stems from Porter’s possession of the handgun with two prior felonies —  robbery in 2011 and unlawful possession of weapons by a felon in 2018, both in Madison County.

At the time the charges were originally filed, additional charges against Porter stemming from an October shooting were unsealed.

In that case he had been charged Oct. 26 with aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony; aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony; and unlawful possession of weapons by a felon, a Class 2 felony.

According to court documents, on Oct. 20 Porter shot a victim multiple times and fired a gun in the direction of another person or vehicle.

In separate filings, indictments were issued against a teen accused of firing at people from a car on the same day and general location as Porter’s case and another man who allegedly was driving the vehicle.

Jeffrey J. Elliott, 18, of Alton, was indicted on two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony, and aggravated unlawful use of weapons, a Class 4 felony.

Darius D. Hearn, 21, of Alton, was charged June 3 with aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony; failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death, a Class 2 felony; and reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony.

The case was originally presented by the Alton Police Department, and the charges had originally filed June 3 and were sealed.

According to court documents, on May 1 Elliott fired in the direction of multiple individuals in the area of 300 Mitchell St., Alton, as well as at a vehicle occupied by two minors. He allegedly was carrying a .40 caliber handgun without a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card or concealed carry license.

According to court documents, Hearn was driving the vehicle Elliott was riding in and “had knowledge of or gave consent to his passenger” to fire a gun from the vehicle. Hearn was involved in an accident at the intersection of Mitchell and Belle streets that resulted in injuries to a 16-year-old girl, one of the people Elliott allegedly was shooting at.



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