EAST ALTON - Steven Rice, 19, of East Alton faces three charges after shooting into a house in the 100 block of East Alton Avenue that injured a woman inside.

East Alton detective Christian Cranmer said Rice was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and residential burglary in the case.

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Cranmer said Rice stayed at the house in East Alton off and on for some time. This time he went to the residence and had a confrontation with one of the occupants inside and came back after he retrieved a firearm and made entry into the residence again, Cranmer said.

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“He went down into the basement and had a verbal altercation with the gun inside the residence and in so many words was coaxed out of the house,” Cranmer said. “When he was removed from the residence, a female shut a steel exterior door with a dead bolt and that apparently made him mad and he took a long .22 and discharged it at the door and it struck her. He fled the scene.”

Within a couple of hours, the suspect was apprehended and Cranmer credited the Alton Police for helping them locate the gun. A suspect was apprehended very quickly for one of these types of situations and it was a good example of teamwork within the department Cranmer said.

Cranmer gave credit to others who helped him at the scene: “I am lucky to have Chief Carlton, Sgt. Burns and Officer Wagner assist me at the scene,” he said. “There was a lot of hysteria at the scene and everybody was upset. We had to secure the scene and make sure no one else was hurt. We retrieved a lot of information and evidence at the scene. Alton Police helped us a lot with the firearm and that was very helpful.”

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