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Victim of downtown St. Louis homicide identified; suspect charged

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Willie Barnes is charged with murder By Daniel Fredman Willie Barnes is charged with murder By Daniel Fredman
By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A 49-year-old man was arrested after allegedly killing a woman and injuring a man during a shooting in downtown St. Louis Thursday morning.

The woman, later identified as Cheri Simpson, 32, was accompanied by two male passengers when the suspect pulled alongside her vehicle at a stoplight on Chouteau and South Tucker, according to police.

Police said Willie J. Barnes exchanged words with Simpson then fired shots into the vehicle, striking her twice in the shoulder. A man in the front passenger seat was shot in both of his hands, he is listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

Barnes fled the scene and was taken into custody a short time later.

Barnes is charged with murder, armed criminal action and assault. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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