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5 injured within 45 minutes during separate north St. Louis shootings

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Three were injured in a shooting outside of Yeatman Market on Athlone. Three were injured in a shooting outside of Yeatman Market on Athlone.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) –  Five people were injured during two separate shootings in north St. Louis within an hour Monday.

Around 11:30 a.m., three men were wounded when the occupants of a white Chevrolet Impala fired shots outside the Yeatman Market, located in the 4400 block of Athlone.

When the shots were fired, the three men began running from the store but were eventually hit by the bullets. A 24-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to leg. A 63-year-old man was found in the 4400 block of Holly with gunshot wounds to his ankle and arm. The third victim, a 16-year-old, was located in the 4200 block of Fair with a graze wound to the arm.

Following the shooting, one of the men was transported urgently, but all three victims were later listed in stable condition.

After the shooting, several area residents went to Yeatman Market to check on the owner, who did not want to be identified. He told News 4 his surveillance video shows a white car pulling up and shooting at the victims. Several bullets hit the market, which has been in the neighborhood for 33 years. Some neighbors reminisced about the good times they've had at the market.

"It was fun, everybody used to go down there to buy snacks and everything like that," said Monica Webster, who lives in the area.

The owner said he turned his convenience store into a cafe in an effort to create a sense of community and improve the neighborhood. At Yeatman Market, the owner offers rewards to children reading books, free Wi-Fi and stopped selling beer.

The changes haven't been enough for some residents to allow their kids to go to the cafe.

"I don't trust that, there's too much gun play over there," said Sterling Hughes, who lives in the neighborhood.

"It was nice to go down there to the store, now we don't even bother," said Webster. "There's too many people hanging around."

Less than 45 minutes after the shooting outside the market, a 19-year-old and 15-year-old were shot in the 4500 block of McMillan.

The victims told police they were standing in front of a residence when a white sedan pulled up. The victims approached the vehicle and recognizing an acquaintance in the passenger seat, at which time a burgundy vehicle pulled up and the unknown occupants began firing shots.

The victims attempted to run away but were both hit by the gunfire. The 19-year-old sustained a gunshot wound to the neck and the 15-year-old suffered a graze wound the leg. Both were taken to the hospital in stable condition.

No suspect information has been released regarding either incident but police believe surveillance footage will assist them in their hunt for the suspect(s).

Both shooting investigations are ongoing. 

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