Residents concerned over increase in shootings in north St. Louis neighborhood

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 4:40 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Residents in a north St. Louis neighborhood are concerned after bullets went flying through two homes just four miles apart over the past couple days.

Residents on the stretch of N. Euclid say they hear gunfire all the time, sometimes down the streets and other times right outside their front door.

Over the past 30 days, there’s been a serious increase in the frequency of incidents where shots were fired.

It has residents like Jeannita Triggs wondering what she can do to protect herself.

“We don’t live in a warzone, so being able to predict whether you’re caught in crossfire shouldn’t be something I have to think about on a daily basis,” Triggs said.

One of her neighbors woke up Tuesday morning and found two bullet holes in her ceiling and shattered glass on the floor.

Richard Dreyfus owns a corner business in the area.

He says he came to work one morning to find his building had been shot at.

“It went through the front window, shattered the glass window and the bullet was lodged in the wall,” Dreyfus said.

Just four miles away on College Avenue, a woman was inside her house when a bullet came flying through her window, hitting her in the chest.

Captain Rochelle Jones with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says they patrol the neighborhoods often.

Jones said criminals are getting bolder and police need residents to call them whenever they see something suspicious.

“And I know sometimes folks are afraid to call police, but he we can’t help you if you don’t call us.”

Police said they don’t have any reason to believe the two shootings were directly connected, but they will continue to investigate.

 

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