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Three young men cited in pellet-gun fight

Two from Edwardsville, one from Mehoopany given disorderly conduct citations.

EDWARDSVILLE – Three men were cited with disorderly conduct after an ambulance driver saw what he thought was a man standing on a house with a shotgun pointed at another man.

Police later learned that David Tucker and Daniel Velders, both 20, of Edwardsville, and Melvin McKenney Jr., 20, of Mehoopany, had been using plastic pellet pistols and an air rifle to shoot at each other at 80 Green St. on Monday afternoon.

“You would expect this type of behavior from a bunch of 12-year-olds, but these guys are in their 20s,” said Edwardsville officer Mike Lehman.

Edwardsville, Larksville and Kingston police spent 45 minutes searching for the men after receiving the tip from the ambulance driver, who had been responding to a minor car crash at about 3 p.m., Lehman said.

Police found Tucker, Velders and McKenney on High Street in a parking lot adjacent to John J. Hopkins Memorial Park. The men were taken to the borough police station, where they were kept in holding cells for about 20 minutes before they were cited and released.

Ron O’Boyle, 63, lives a few houses from where the shootout took place and said he’d heard that the young men had shotguns.

When told that they were using pellet guns and that they had been taken into custody, O’Boyle chuckled and said, “It don’t matter, but at least they got them.”

Lehman said that as Tucker, Velders and McKenney shot at each other, two nearby buses dropped off children.

“And they’re doing this in front of school buses,” Lehman said.

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