Residents help victims of north St. Louis gas station shooting


by Russell Kinsaul / News 4 and Dan Greenwald /

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 29 at 5:00 PM

Vandeventer and St. Louis Ave shooting

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ST. LOUIS ( – One resident called the person who shot a man and woman at a north St. Louis gas station a “monster” because he kept firing at the victim’s car that had young children inside.

“Who would shoot into a car with three little babies in it? Somebody who is totally insane, someone who’s really mad,” resident Clellan Prince said.

Authorities said the man and woman were gassing up their car at a Midwest Petroleum station at the intersection of Vandeventer and St. Louis Avenue when a suspect ran up and fired shots. The couple’s three children, all under age 4, were inside the car.

“We heard about 10 to 15 shots and we walked outside and seen him running to the building,” storeowner Jamil Jabbar said.

Jabbar said the shooter chased the male victim to his store, where Jabbar and others helped him until police arrived.  Authorities said the female victim was more seriously hurt.

“I know she was pregnant and I heard she got shot in the stomach and she was grazed in the face and came out the other side or something,” Jabbar said.

Police said they have to look at surveillance footage, but believe they have already made progress on the investigation.

“We do not believe it was random act. We are still gathering information on the suspect but we do not believe it was a random act,” said Captain John Haden with St. Louis Police.


The female victim is in critical condition. Residents said the male victim could get out of the hospital over the weekend.


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( – Police said two people were seriously wounded after a shooting in north St. Louis Thursday evening.

Police said the shooting occurred around 7:15 p.m. at a Midwest Petroleum station at the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and Vandeventer. Authorities said a woman was outside a car at a pump, while a man was inside the car with three young children. Authorities said someone fired shots hitting the man and woman.

Authorities said only the man and woman were shot, the three children were not hurt. Both the man and woman were transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Police do not believe the shooting is random.