CARBONDALE — Four people were injured in a Friday night shooting near a popular downtown nightspot, and a suspect remained at large Saturday.
In a Saturday morning news release, Carbondale Police Department officials said one person is being treated for life-threatening injuries. The other three people were being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. One of those people had been taken to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.
Carbondale Police Chief Jeff Grubbs said the shooting was the result of a dispute among several acquaintances. Two of the people who were injured were involved in the dispute, and two of the injured were bystanders, Grubbs said.
Police identified one of the suspects as Jody L. Pullen Jr., a 27-year-old from Carbondale. Officers have a warrant for his arrest on charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated battery with a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm. Police said Pullen should be considered armed and dangerous. They asked anyone with information about his whereabouts to call the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 618-549-2677.
Grubbs said police are investigating other possible suspects.
Police did not identify the victims, saying the investigation was active.
The shooting happened near ABC Liquor and Tres Hombres on Town Square in downtown Carbondale, during a popular time for the Mexican restaurant and bar that often hosts live music on weekends and was set to host a DJ show that night, which was canceled after the shooting. Tres Hombres said in a Facebook post that "a few patrons" were injured on its patio.
The post says the Tres family was "shaken, but strong."
"Please keep up with us on social media for any immediate closings;" the post reads. "For now, it will be business as usual."
On the scene Friday night, police tape covered most of the east side of the block as police shut down the block while they investigated. A dark-colored SUV sat in the alley between the ABC Liquor Mart and Tres Hombres, with broken glass on the pavement beneath it. Eyewitnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots.
According to court records website Judici, Pullen in 2010 pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault. Pullen currently faces charges of domestic battery with a pretrial hearing set for next month, and he also pleaded guilty in June 2018 to a Class 4 felony charge of domestic battery, Judici records indicate.
Grubbs confirmed Pullen is the brother of Jarrell Pullen, who was charged with first-degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of JaVon Trott, a 19-year-old from Johnston City, near the Eurma Hayes Community Center in Carbondale. Jarrell Pullen is set to face a jury trial related to that incident later this month.
The Friday night shooting happened on a day when Carbondale was already on edge. Carbondale Community High School had been placed on lockdown for less than two hours Friday morning after a dispute on a school bus that allegedly involved a young man who was armed. There is no indication the two incidents are related, Grubbs said.
— Greg Keller contributed.