ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – News 4 has noticed an alarming crime outbreak in south St. Louis – armed robbers are shooting innocent people even if they turn over their belongings. It is a problem that the police consider to be a top priority.
Tera Morris lives in Gravois Park, deemed a hot spot for criminals, and considers herself a prisoner of her own home because of the violence in the area.
“My kids cry because I don’t let them come outside,” Morris said. “I don’t want to be out here, I don’t want to be a victim of it.”
On Tuesday night, a woman was robbed of her purse while walking at Grand and Russell. Once the suspect had the purse, he shot her in the face and arm. She is in serious, but stable condition. The suspect in this case is described as a black male with braided hair wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
A similar robbery occurred near Grand and Russell at 10 p.m. on Sunday night. A couple was unloading their vehicle near Grand and Shenandoah when a man approached them with a pistol and stole their belongings before shooting the man in the hand and leg. The suspect is described as a black male, who weighs between 160 and 180 pounds, and was last seen wearing a green windbreaker.
And again, an attack happened before midnight on Tuesday at Kingshighway and Christy. According to police, the victim said he was robbed by a Hispanic male and then was shot in his side before the suspect drove off with a black male in a dark-colored truck similar to a Chevy Tahoe.
“There is this ‘no snitching’ and all this and that so you never know what is going on because nobody is going to tell if they know,” Morris said.
Police officers meet to map out crimes across the city every Thursday and will then add extra patrol to those areas when they identify crime trends similar to this one.
You are urged to contact police if you notice a crime or suspicious activity.