ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Six victims are recovering in the hospital after three separate shootings Wednesday in St. Louis and St. Louis police have had enough.
The first shooting left two men with gunshot wounds around 5:30 p.m. in the 8600 block of North Broadway. According to police, the two victims were arguing with the two suspects when both suspects pulled out a gun and started shooting. The first victim was shot in the back and on the side of his abdomen. The second victim was shot in the leg. Both victims are 19 and were taken to a hospital for treatment. They are listed as stable. Authorities say the victims were uncooperative during the investigation and may have fired shots at the scene.
“Yesterday was a random act of violence,” St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson said. “The three incidents were not connected. We are seeing an elevated amount of violence.”
Later that same evening, St. Louis Police responded to another shooting just after 8:30 p.m. when two men were found with gunshot wounds near Penrose and Newstead. Investigators say the victims were sitting in front of their home when two suspects began shooting at them from across the street. The first victim was hit in the shin and the second was hit in the stomach. Both men were conscious and breathing when police arrived on the scene. They were transported to the hospital.
Less than two hours later, police responded to the 2200 block of Shenandoah where a man and woman were shot as they exited their home. The first victim was shot in the foot. The second victim was shot in his arms, legs, back, and side. Both were conveyed to a local hospital for treatment. The first victim, a 35-year-old woman, was listed in stable condition, but the second victim, a 24-year-old man, was listed in serious, stable condition.
Dotson says these shootings are “disturbing” and has a plan to decrease the frequency. Dotson wants to crack down on the amount of stolen guns in the city and use surveillance cameras to catch the suspects. He believes most of the gun violence is committed with stolen guns.
According to Dotson, there has been a 70 percent increase in gun thefts since the year began, specifically guns that are left in cars.
“Leave it (guns) at home,” Dotson said. “Don't give criminals more guns because we already know they are using them.”
He also says police will have access to 400 cameras throughout the city to catch criminals. Police will have access to this information from the new Real Time Crime Center.
“When officers are dispatched to an area with a shooting, we can quickly say what assets we have,” Dotson said. “Do we have cameras or LPR technology? Maybe [we can] get video or a license plate.”
In all three shootings, the investigations are ongoing.