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De Smet graduate, 19, killed in downtown armed robbery

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer
ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Police say a 19-year-old man was shot and killed during an attempted armed robbery early Sunday in downtown St. Louis.
Police say they located Robert Christman, 19, seated in the front passenger seat of a vehicle, unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound to the head just after midnight Sunday near the intersection of 15th and Delmar, north of Washington Avenue.
He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Christman was a recent graduate of De Smet Jesuit High School.
On Sunday night, a St. Louis Police Officer running surveillance on the suspect vehicle attempted to stop the car in East St. Louis. The vehicle’s occupants and the officer then exchanged gunfire.
Police say no officers were injured and it is not believed the suspects were hit either.
The suspects fled the scene on foot.  
A 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old female said they were seated inside the parked vehicle when an unknown suspect approached them, opened a rear passenger door to their vehicle and produced a firearm.
The suspect demanded the victim's property and took the female victim's purse. A struggle ensued over the purse and the suspect fired a shot, which struck Christman. The suspect entered the passenger side of a silver sedan and fled the scene.
Christman was home from college on winter break.  

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