Police released an astonishing video of what appears to be an organized fight between 2 men that ends with gunfire from a semi-automatic weapon.
The video, which drug unit detectives recovered while investigating the shooting of Ryan Hollis North, 19, of the 500 block of Porter Street in Alton, led to two brothers being charged Tuesday with two Class X felonies.
Police say they believe the woman who shot the video organized the fight to settle a feud between the two men on Sunday.
The Madison County State's Attorney's Office charged Bryon D. Blake, 17, and Byron E. Blake, 21, both of the 1200 block of Surrey Court in Godfrey, with armed violence and aggravated battery with a firearm.
Judge Richard Tognarelli ordered the men jailed without bond.
The video was taken Sunday morning outside a residence in the 1500 block of Mack Street.
Police identified the woman who lives at the house as L'Tanya M. Smith and say she is the one who recorded the fight on a video camera. Her voice is audible on camera throughout the incident.
"Fight one-on-one, this is fair," the woman says at beginning of the video. "Just fight. Everybody's got anger here."
The two young men struggle with each other, one appearing to take a dominant stance as they wrestle each other to the ground and then exchange blows.
As the recording continues, other men can be seen crowding in toward the battlers. Then, in a shocking turn of events, the camera shows a young man holding a long-barreled handgun that police say is a Mac-10 semi-automatic machine pistol, similar in appearance to an Uzi.
Another man standing by the door of the house also can be seen holding a silver pistol, whom police say is North, the victim of the shooting.
"What are you doing?" the woman yells. "No, no guns! Put that up! Get in the house. Why is this thing happening like this, it's not supposed to happen!"
She repeats "No guns" several times.
A shot rings out and the video abruptly ends.
Tags: Mac-10, shooting, automatic weapon, fight, pistol, shot, organized, violence, aggravated battery, police, cops, caught, cam, tape, homevideo, jail
Location: Alton, Illinois, United States (load item map)
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