Neighbor recalls East Moline standoff after a shooting that left one man dead

EAST MOLINE, Illinois - Police responded to reports of a shots fired call just before 11:30 a.m. on February 6 near 15th avenue and 3rd street in East Moline.

Police say that once on the scene, they found a male gunshot victim who was rushed to Illini Hospital where he later died. East Moline Police Chief John Reynolds says witnesses told police that they saw a man running away from the scene of the shooting.

With the help of a K-9 and witness accounts, police were led to a house at 1509 Kennedy Drive in East Moline.

"Shortly after we heard the fighting, we heard sirens and more sirens and it became obvious it wasn't just a regular cop car, which happens all the time next door," said June Williams, next door neighbor.

The Rock Island County Sheriff and the Moline Police Department then assisted East Moline police in surrounding the home and securing the perimeter.

"Negotiating and dropping a cell phone down the basement window, it was really interesting and scary at the same time," said Williams.

Police then began to call people out of the home. Initially three male subjects came out and surrendered.  A male and a female subject remained inside the home.

"Eventually they had the cops come ask if they could use our window and went upstairs and used the window and had their gun up there, had us hide in the basement," said Williams.

After several hours, a female exited the home. Later, the final subject exited the residence and police secured the home.

Police are now expected to execute a search warrant on the home to look for evidence.

For Williams it was a frightening day watching this all happen right next door, "just felt very trapped, and scared and dying for information, wanting so much to know what's happening," she said.

As of right now, the gun used in the shooting has not been recovered and the motive for the shooting has not been determined. Police say they are also still unsure if they have the suspect in custody, as they investigate further.

"We don't believe that anybody is in danger at this time, or at large, but we are not sure." said Chief Reynolds.

No further information is available on the person killed at this time. The police investigation is ongoing and this is a developing story.

Anyone with information about the shooting in the 300 block 15th Avenue, East Moline is encouraged to call police at 309-797-0402 or Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.