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8 killed in rash of St. Louis weekend shootings; 2015 total hits 105

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A man was shot to death in the 3600 block of Finney Avenue around midnight A man was shot to death in the 3600 block of Finney Avenue around midnight
Two women were fatally shot in the 5400 block of Ruskin early Monday morning Two women were fatally shot in the 5400 block of Ruskin early Monday morning

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Eight people were fatally shot over the weekend and into early Monday morning in the City of St. Louis, sending the 2015 homicide count to 105, well over last year's pace.

Four people were killed and one was injured during three separate shootings in St. Louis overnight.

The first shooting occurred after two people got into a verbal argument outside of a home in the 2500 block of Empress Drive around 10:00 Sunday night, according to police.

A 30-year-old man was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds at the scene and a 41-year-old man was transported to a hospital with a single gunshot wound to the leg.

Roughly two hours later, 34-year-old James Johnson was found lying on the ground next to a stolen vehicle in the 3600 block of Finney Avenue, according to police.

Johnson sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The third shooting of the night occurred around 2:50 Monday morning. According to police, Ce’Onta Cretter, 21, and Shakiyla Young, 23, were found shot to death in the 5400 block of Ruskin.

Cretter had a gunshot wound to her cheek and was found dead inside a car. Young sustained gunshot wounds to her neck and finger and was pronounced dead on a nearby porch, police said.

Police were called to North Euclid and Hooke Monday morning after a woman, 23-year-old Laura Green was found dead under a bridge. Police said Green knew the two women killed in the shooting on Ruskin, and are investigating whether the shootings are connected.

Police are investigating three separate homicides that happened across the St. Louis area early Sunday morning.

The first homicide happened around 12:50 a.m. in the 4100 block of Warne. Officers responded to a call for a “person down” and upon arrival found Timothy Williams, a 17-year-old male, unconscious and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Williams was struck in the abdomen, sides, legs, arms, and back. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No witnesses were at the scene.

The second homicide happened around 3:00 a.m. in the 1500 block of South 7th Street. The victim, 35-year-old Shelby Polk, was driving down the street when a nearby officer noticed a suspect firing shots at Polk’s vehicle, a black Dodge Challenger.

After firing shots, the suspect entered the passenger side of a gray Chevrolet Trailblazer and fled the scene.

Polk’s vehicle then hit several parked cars before stopping. After the vehicle stopped, the officer entered Polk’s car and found him dead behind the wheel.

The third homicide happened around 4:00 a.m. near the New Life Evangelical Center. According to police, Marco Warren, 19, was attempting to rob three people, a man and two women, in the 500 block of North 13th Street when a struggle over his gun ensued between him and one of the suspects. When the struggle began, two of the victims ran from the scene to find a police officer.

During the struggle, an unknown suspect emerged from North 13th and St. Charles and began shooting at Warren and the 32-year-old man he was struggling with.

Warren died after sustaining gunshot wounds to the head and torso.  The 32-year-old was struck in the shoulder and taken to the hospital in stable condition.

It is unknown if the shooter knew Warren.  

During the struggle, a second unknown suspect emerged from 13th and St. Charles and began shooting at the suspect/victim and pedestrian who were still fighting over the gun. The suspect/victim who attempted to rob the three pedestrians was shot in the head and torso and died. The pedestrian was shot in the shoulder, taken to a hospital, and listed as stable.

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