April 1st, 2010
11:09 AM ET

Mayor of Illinois community shot, killed

The mayor of Washington Park, Illinois, was shot and killed Thursday morning, according to the town's police department.

Mayor John Thornton was shot twice in the chest at close range while driving, CNN affiliate KMOV reported. His car swerved off the road and ran into a tree.

One person is in custody, and police are looking for a second suspect, KMOV said.

Washington Park is in St. Clair County, close to St. Louis, Missouri.

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  1. Henry Flynn

    If we can ever find out, it will be interesting to know the motive!

    April 1, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Doc Holiday

    something like this happening in Illinois? who wouldda thunk it?

    April 2, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. gunslinger

    Gee, Govenors being threatened, congressmen being threatened, isn't that a clear sign there is something really wrong with the way things are going in this country? Groups of militants on the rise, our judicial system making bad judgments . . . there more and more killings happening all across the nation . . . those who voted democrat are now realizing their mistake. We have a sociliast country now, on the verge of being a dictatorship.

    April 3, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Hurlock

      So that's the plan is it. Oppose the Obama administration by ramping up crime and public disorder, then blame it on the President and his administration. Don't think we're not on to you!

      August 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • odysseus1965


      August 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dandi Phil Kastel

    I can't believe the person dubbed gunslinger is anybody of minimal intelligence. I wonder if he believe the crap that he writes, that the democrats are responsible for what is happening now as if when the republicans were in office there was a better crime rate. Some of the worst school killings, such as Virginia tech, and Univ. of northern Illinois ocurred during the Bush presidency and many many more. I can see a lot of holes in stupid writings like this.

    April 5, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |