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3 dead, 4 injured in 4 shootings since Thursday evening in St. Louis

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A homicide investigation is underway in North City after a man was shot and killed Friday. A homicide investigation is underway in North City after a man was shot and killed Friday.
NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

Three people were killed and four injured after four separate shootings in St. Louis since Thursday evening.

One person was fatally wounded in a shooting around 6:15 p.m. Thursday in the 5000 block of Queens Avenue.

An investigation into the shooting revealed that the 29-year-old suspect was arguing with the 42-year-old victim when he fired gunshots. The victim's uncle, who was home at the time of the incident, grabbed a gun and fired at the suspect as he was running from the residence.

The victim, 42-year-old Clifford Williams, died Friday.  The 29-year-old suspect is listed in serious but stable condition.

Less than two hours later, Leron Johnson, 37, was murdered and another man hospitalized in serious condition after a shooting in the 5000 block of Cates.

According to police, both men sustained gunshot wounds to the chest.

Police said the second victim was uncooperative but they were able to locate two people who were near the scene when the shooting occurred. One of the men told police he was inside his vehicle and the other man was standing outside when two unknown men approached him and began firing shots. One of the men returned fire before leaving the scene. Both men were not harmed during the incident.

On Friday morning, homicide detectives were called to the 700 block of Walton in North St. Louis.  Police said a man - later identified as 21-year-old Deandre Hawkins, was fatally shot around 11:00 a.m.  No other details about that shooting were immediately released.

Another shooting Thursday involved two teenagers. Police said the two teens were shot in the arm just before 4:00 p.m. in the 1300 block of Shawmut Place.

The victims told police they were walking along Minerva when a white Ford Explorer pulled alongside them and the vehicle's occupants began yelling. The victims said they continued walking in the street and the Explorer returned a short time later. When the vehicle returned, the occupants and victims exchanged words and the occupants of the explorer began firing shots at them.

The 16-year-old victim was struck once in the arm and the 17-year-old victim sustained gunshot wounds to his lower back and both arms. Both teenagers are listed in stable condition.

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