ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) –A witness to the shooting death of a man and his two dogs in a parking lot in south St. Louis Friday evening says he tried to help the victim before he died.
“I’ve been here for five years and that’s the first time anything like this has happened,” said Jeremy Barnes. “I ran out here quickly, and saw a dog lying in a puddle of blood. I thought that was all, but then I looked over and saw the guy. We rolled him over and saw he was trying to breath.”
The victim, who has not been identified, was shot in the neck and arm and police say they do not believe the shooting is random. The shooting happened off Hampton, just south of Highway 40 and is the first homicide for the area in three years.
The man, who was shot in the neck, later died at a hospital. One dog died at the scene, the other died at an animal hospital.
Police say they believe the suspect fled north on Hampton in a gold sedan and they are also reviewing surveillance video.
The investigation is ongoing.