ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Homicide detectives were busy Monday after a bloody weekend across the St. Louis Metro area.
Officers are investigating eight murders in total, four of which were inside the St. Louis city limits. Three of the four cases happened in a small area in far north Saint Louis.
Police say those three homicides were unrelated, despite taking place less than a dozen blocks apart in the Walnut Park neighborhoods.
In one case, an 18-year-old man was shot in the back, then raced to a gas station where he collapsed. He died at a hospital.
There were two murders on saturday, in the 6300 block of Laura, and the 5900 block of Sherry. Sunday, there were two more, one in the 5500 block of Partridge, also in the Walnut Park area, and a fourth murder south of those neighborhoods, also in north St. Louis. Police say the crimes appear to be unrelated.
Although there have been aggressive police patrols in the neighborhoods where the murders took place, St. Louis PD says there was no special crime fighting initiative in place this weekend. Now, police are examining what, if anything, they should do in reaction to a particularly violent weekend in this small area of the city.
It was also a violent weekend in East St. Louis, where two people were murdered in two days.
Law enforcement officials are trying to regain federal funding for crime fighting initiatives that they credit with reducing murders by 80 percent over the last two years.