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Friend speaks out after man fatally shot in head in Penrose neighborhood

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A man was pronounced dead after being shot and dropped off the North Patrol police station overnight. (Credit: KMOV) A man was pronounced dead after being shot and dropped off the North Patrol police station overnight. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A friend of a man who was fatally shot in the Penrose neighborhood in north St. Louis early Tuesday morning spoke with News 4 regarding his loss.

Twenty-nine-year-old Ryan McDermott was fatally shot in the head near Bessie and Marcus, then dropped off at the St. Louis Police Department North Patrol station, where he later died.

 “Ryan was a great guy. Ryan, literally, if you needed something Ryan literally would have taken care of it for you he never really you know was upset about things he was always in good spirits he was happy," friend Robert Hickman said. 

Hickman said he knew McDermott since elementary school and was trying to get in touch with him earlier Tuesday. 

"I opened my Facebook to try and send a message to Ryan and a bunch of other people we went to school with to try and have a get together and looking at Ryan's page, I see all this rest in peace and stuff like that and I was like what happened?,” he said.

Police said McDermott and another person were in the 4700 block of Bessie Court just before 1 a.m. when someone shot him in the head. An acquaintance reportedly drove McDermott to North Patrol where he died on scene. 

"People know that police stations are safe so when individuals are looking for help, certainly they are going to go to a police station a fire station they are going to go somewhere they seek help so that is what happened in this case," said Saint Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson. 

Hickman said one of the hardest parts in McDermott's death is not knowing what happened to his friend. 

"There is a lot of stuff going on, there’s a lot of things that have been said. The only thing I can think of is Ryan is being Ryan, trying to be helpful and something happened," said Hickman. 

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