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Innocent bystander victim in Downtown St. Louis shooting speaks

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One of the two innocent bystanders shot in downtown St. Louis on May 6 spoke to News 4.

A 72-year-old man told News 4 he was walking in a crowd to the library near the intersection of 14th and Olive when he heard shots ring out.

“Bang, bang, bang,” the man, who did not want to be identified, said. “I felt this really sharp sting like a bumble bee. The lady next to me immediately said ‘you're bleeding, you're hit.”

Authorities said the incident stemmed from an argument at a nearby behavioral health facility. One of the men involved, a 19-year-old, got out and a gun started shooting. The victim told News 4 he drove himself to safety, before police stopped him and put him an ambulance that took him to a hospital.

Doctors discovered a gunshot wound to his back, where a bullet is still lodged, but it will be removed soon. The victim hopes it the bullet will be used to find the shooter and bring him to justice.

“At which point it immediately goes to the police for ballistics so you don't get a souvenir,” the victim said.

Police have not made an arrest but have identified a suspect.

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