Police identify suspects in Tuesday shooting

Police identify suspects in Tuesday shooting

By Bill Lukitsch and Luke Nozicka, Daily Egyptian

Carbondale Police have arrested two suspects for a shooting that happened near the Saluki Apartments on Tuesday night.

Police responded to multiple reports of shots fired near East Cindy Street and South Wall Street about 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Lt. Matt Dunning said. Police said Michael Wooley and John McGrath engaged in a physical altercation during which McGrath obtained and discharged a firearm.

No one was injured in the shooting and police arrested Wooley, 32, who police say is homeless, and McGrath, 26, of the 400 block of South Wall Street, without incident.


Police did not specify who the gun belongs to, but Wooley is charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in addition to possession of cocaine. McGrath is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of cannabis.

SIU student Cody Gallardo, who lives in the building, said he was in his apartment when the shots rang out.

“I heard three loud bangs and just chilled till it settled down,” said Gallardo, a junior from Aurora studying psychology.

This is the third incident Carbondale Police have responded to involving a gunshot since Saturday.

At 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Carbondale police officers responded to a report of a gunshot wound victim at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Police say the victim, who was shot at an unknown location, received medical treatment for “what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.”

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, SIU student Spencer DePue suffered a single gunshot wound to his upper-right shoulder. After he was shot, DePue, a senior studying management, walked to the 700 block of East Grand Avenue, where he was helped by Pinch Penny Pub staff and transported by ambulance to Carbondale Memorial Hospital. He was later moved to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for treatment. 

“Actually I feel quite well and in good spirits despite my predicament,” DePue said in an email Sunday.


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