Two Arrested in Shooting Death of Illinois Mayor

Washington Park Mayor John Thornton was shot twice in the chest Thursday

By BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  |  Updated 4:15 PM CDT
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Two Arrested in Shooting Death of Illinois Mayor

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Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of the mayor of Washington Park, Illinois.

Police Detective Kim McAfee says 52-year-old John Thornton was shot twice in the chest at close range in his car early Thursday. He died later at a hospital, leaving behind a wife and six children.

McAfee said the shooter was in the car with Thornton when he was shot. The car then crashed into a tree, and witnesses say the shooter limped to a waiting car and fled.

McAfee says one of the two people arrested was the driver of the getaway car. It isn't clear if the second person in custody is the shooter.

Police say no charges have been filed yet.

Washington Park is about 10 miles east of St. Louis and has a population of about 5,400 people. 

The village, home to several strip clubs, has had its share of troubles, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Last year, Washington Park filed for bankruptcy a second time, citing a combination of court judgments, embezzlements and drastically reduced revenue from strip clubs.

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