St. Louis Metropolitan Police had a busy night. This morning, they're piecing together circumstances of several violent and deadly crimes. Police are investigating two homicides, a shooting and a car crash that stemmed from a chase.
We made this map to show you how close together these four incidents are. And, they all happened within a three-hour span, but News-4 has learned that these crimes are not related.
Police have been busy investigating these crimes since the spree started around 10 p.m.
This morning homicide detectives are looking for suspects involved in a deadly game of chase. It ended with one man dead at the Shell Gas Station at Natural Bridge and Marcus Avenue just before 10 p.m. When police arrived to the scene they found Jarrell Hunter, 19, with two gunshot wounds to the head. Witnesses tell police it all started with two car-loads of people chasing and shooting at each other. They heard gunshots and saw a white Pontiac Grand Prix speed of the gas station's lot. Police tell News-4 that Hunter apparently got out of one of those cars, and that that's when he was killed. No suspects are in custody at this time.
While at that scene, a News-4 photographer heard gunshots. Those came from just about 10 blocks away near the intersection of Calvin and Shreve Avenues. Police on scene discovered a 26-year-old man who had been shot in the leg. He's expected to be O.K., and this morning police are looking for the suspect, described only as a man driving a white, Chevy Blazer.
Around the same time, police were also called to a car crash about a mile away at West Florissant and Holly Avenue. This started as an assault on a law enforcement officer. Police tell News-4 a car-load of suspects attempted to ram their car into a police cruiser. The officer gave chase. Police say the suspects drove the wrong way on Holly, crashed into a parked car and ended up in a parking lot. This morning four people are in jail for that crime.
And the violence doesn't end there. About an hour later, St. Louis homicide detectives began investigating the shooting death of another man just north of downtown. Jimmy Thomas, 34, was shot to death in the 2600 block of North 14th Street just after 11 p.m. Thomas was shot in the stomach and head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses say they heard gunshots and a car speeding away. No suspects are in custody at this time.