Victim of fatal Dogtown shooting ID'd; police search for vehicle -

Victim of fatal Dogtown shooting ID'd; police search for vehicles

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( –The man shot and killed in Dogtown Friday night was identified Wednesday as a 34-year-old man from Wisconsin.

Police said Nathan Lavin, 34, and his two dogs were shot and killed in a parking lot in the 1200 block of Hampton.

“I’ve been here for five years and that’s the first time anything like this has happened,” said Jeremy Barnes. “I ran out here quickly, and saw a dog lying in a puddle of blood. I thought that was all, but then I looked over and saw the guy. We rolled him over and saw he was trying to breath.”

Lavin was shot in the neck and arm and police say they do not believe the shooting is random. The shooting happened off Hampton, just south of Highway 40 and is the first homicide for the area in three years.

Lavin, who was shot in the neck, later died at a hospital. One dog died at the scene, the other died at an animal hospital.

Police say they believe the suspect fled north on Hampton in a gold sedan, likely a 1998-2000's model Buick LaSabre, with tinted windows.. Police are also searching for a dark gray Honda Pilot, late 2000's make, with a large bike rack attached rear.  Police said that is the victim's vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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