(KMOV.com) – Charges have been filed against a man accused of shooting the owner of a St. Louis County hair salon on Monday.
Terrence Clark III, 28, was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.
According to police, Clark III walked into 3-1-4 Hair Gallery in the 11700 block of W. Florissant around 12:45 p.m. and shot the owner.
Clark III then fled the scene in a white Chevy Malibu and a police chase ensued.
The chase made its way about 10 miles to the 3500 block of Cora in north St. Louis, where Clark got out of his car. He then attempted to elude police on foot, but tripped near the intersection of Cora and Natural Bridge.
Several police officers converged on the scene and arrested Clark. He was then taken into custody.
The 53-year-old owner was taken to Depaul Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Since the beginning of April, St. Louis County Police have been at the barber shop a half-dozen times for serious crimes, including threats with a knife and an assault with a baseball bat.
A law enforcement source said one man has been at the center of the problems and has been arrested there twice. But police would not say if that man is Clark.
“We’ve had quite a bit of activity there the past four to five weeks in terms of calls there, relative to assaults,” said St. Louis County Police Officer Randy Vaughn, “That have raised awareness to that area, but I have no idea if that has any relations to today’s activity.”
Employees wouldn’t say what happened Monday or if the shooting was connected to all the recent trouble at the shop.
“I’ve got no comment right now,” said a 3-1-4 employee, “I wish I really could tell you something, but I don’t.”
Clark III remains in the hospital on $100,000 cash-only bond.