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Victims of downtown St. Louis fatal shooting identified

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Two people were killed and another injured in a shooting in downtown St. Louis stemming from an apparent drug transaction, according to St. Louis police.

The shooting happened near the intersection of 4th Street and Market Street, near the Drury Plaza Hotel and Old Courthouse, around 2:30 Monday afternoon.  Police had a large area roped off, but have since reopened Market Street.

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Police said three people were shot. Two of the victims, identified Tuesday as 24-year-old Jonathan Saddler and 22-year-old James Lane, were pronounced dead shortly after, according to St. Louis police; one at the scene and another at a local hospital. One victim was shot in the ankle and is expected to be okay.  

According to police, the victims' vehicle was at a stop light when another vehicle pulled up next to them and the suspects inside fired multiple shots.  Police said the suspects fled the scene in a red sedan, possibly an Alero, and have yet to be arrested. According to police, the incident began at S. Tucker Street and South 12th Street during an apparent drug transaction.  

"These individuals, while they say they don''t, know why they were targeted," said Chief Sam Dotson. "We have reason to believe there was a drug transaction involved in this. The vehicle over my shoulder has bullet holes on both sides of the vehicle."

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Many people were witnesses to the shooting and some went to help the victims.

"I heard gun shots that sound like cannons," said one woman who wanted to remain anonymous. "I saw kids running and then I saw one guy run back and try to attend to a friend that was running out the car and he was bleeding and I just got off the bus and I just helped."

"We looked back to see what happened and a car door opened and gunfire rang out, so I told my husband to go and we hightailed it right and we called police and we went back up to check and there was a man that pulled a gun out of the car and took off running," said another woman who also wanted to remain anonymous.

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Police said they recovered suspected marijuana and heroin from the victims' vehicle.  Two people in that vehicle were arrested at the scene.  Their names and charges have not been released.  The surviving victims are not cooperating with police.

The shooting happened approximately four blocks from Busch Stadium, where the St. Louis Cardinals were hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series Monday night. 

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