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June 17, 2014
ALTON — A man suffered a reported, nonlife-threatening gunshot wound Monday night at a convenience store parking lot, just hours after a fight happened at his residence.
Someone had called 911 at 11:25 p.m. to report shots fired at Convenience Mart, 911 College Ave., in Upper Alton.
Police found a wounded Michael Lumpkins Sr., 50, of the 1000 block of Tremont Street, on the parking lot, said Pfc. Emily Hejna, public information officer at the Alton Police Department.
She was not authorized to say where Lumpkins was shot on his body.
Ambulance paramedics took Lumpkins to an Alton hospital emergency department, where he was treated and released, she said.
Some four hours earlier, someone had called 911 at 7:15 p.m. to report a fight and a man injured at the Lumpkins’ property.
Police and paramedics from the Alton Fire Department and Alton Memorial Ambulance Service came to another address in that block, with paramedics treating battery victim Montego Embry, 41.
The ambulance service paramedics took Embry to Saint Anthony’s Hospital.
Information was not available as to whether Embry was treated and released, admitted to the hospital or his condition.
Hejna said she only could release limited information Tuesday afternoon because detectives still were investigating Lumpkins’ shooting, the previous fight and if the two incidents are connected.
At that point, no one had been charged in relation to either incident.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alton Police Department’s Detective Bureau,” she said. The telephone number is (618) 463-3505, ext. 3.
The Tremont home, near Elijah P. Lovejoy Elementary School, has had violence in the past.
Lumpkins’ stepson, Marcus Anthony Baldwin, was convicted Nov. 7 of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm after fatally shooting Dantavier Thompson, 19, on July 28, 2012.
Thompson was driving the second of two cars that passed by the house multiple times, with some of the occupants feuding with a group of males outside the home. Two of Baldwin’s shots hit neighboring houses and the other went through the rear windshield of the car Thompson was driving, hitting him in the back of the head.
Thompson had turned onto Marilla Avenue before the gunfire, then the Chevrolet Caprice he was driving left the street and crashed through a gate on the fence of the lower, south playground of Lovejoy. It came to rest against some playground equipment.
Baldwin was sentenced in December to 57 years in prison. Three other men faced charges related to the shooting, two for perjury and one for harassment of a witness.
Linda N. Weller may be reached at 618-208-6450 or on Twitter @Linda_Weller.