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East Moline homicide 1

East Moline police investigate a shooting in the 200 block of 19th Street late Friday. Roman Knox, 23, of East Moline, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Robert E. Neal, Sr., 69, of East Moline. 

A 23-year-old East Moline man has been charged in connection with a shooting that took the life of a 69-year-old man Friday night.

Roman P. Knox is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Robert E. Neal Sr., of East Moline, according to police.

Knox made his first appearance Saturday in Rock Island County Circuit Court.

Circuit Court Judge Richard Zimmer set Knox’s bond at $5 million. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 28 in Circuit Court.

Knox was being held Saturday night in the Rock Island County Jail.

According to a news release issued by the East Moline Police Department, at 9:31 p.m. Friday, officers were sent to the 200 block of 19th Street for a battery complaint.

Officers found a man with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Witnesses were able to provide a description of the suspect and told officers that the man had fled the area on foot.

Officers apprehended Knox in the 100 block of 21st Street.

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said that Neal was taken to Genesis Medical Center-Illini Campus, Silvis, where he died of his wound at 10:15 p.m.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Gustafson said the shooting remains under investigation by the East Moline Police Department and the Illinois State Police Crime Lab.

Anyone with information is asked to call the East Moline Police Department at 309-752-1545 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities at 309-762-9500.