Police: Vehicle in crimes spanning bi-state may be connected to city homicide

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Posted on September 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 5 at 11:48 AM

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Police are investigating a shooting in North St. Louis that left one person dead and two others injured. Officials said two of the victims were likely not targeted.

Police said the shooting happened in the 400 block of Adelaide Avenue before 3:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

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Police say Donnie White, 50, of the 4500 block of Robbins, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at a local hospital. Officials say White was a passenger in a car driven by another man who was uninjured. Police say they do not believe White was shot intentionally. A 43-year-old man was hit by shattered glass when their vehicle was shot. He sustained injuries to his arm and has been treated and released. A 28-year-old man in a seperate vehicle was found in the area of Adelaide and West Florissant with a gunshot wound to the arm. That victim, who was reportedly conscious, was rushed to a hospital. He is listed in serious/stable condition. Police say they do not believe the victim was targeted.

Witnesses told police several cars were stopped at a red light at Adelaide and Hall when men driving the other direction got out of their vehicle and began firing a high-power weapon.  Witnesses said the people struck were not targeted  All three victims were allegedly bystanders at the red light.

Shortly after the shooting, a car accident was reported on Interstate 70 at West Florissant involving multiple vehicles.  Police have not connected that accident to the shooting on Adelaide Avenue.

Police are searching for a dark-colored Dodge Charger with no license plates in connection with the shooting.  A source familiar with the situation tells News 4 police are investigating multiple crimes involving a similar vehicle.  The Charger was reportedly stolen Wednesday and was connected to several crimes in Illinois, as well as the strong-arm robbery of a set of earrings from Vincent Jewelers in Creve Coeur Thursday morning.

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Police said the suspects in the Creve Coeur robbery were two African American men.  Police have not directly tied the shooting to the other string of crimes.

A police officer reportedly saw the suspect on Interstate 170 north of I-70, but did not pursue it. 

 

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