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4 killed, 5 injured in shootings across St. Louis-area Sunday

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A 31-year-old woman was shot and killed at Virginia and Itaska Sunday evening (Credit: KMOV) A 31-year-old woman was shot and killed at Virginia and Itaska Sunday evening (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Four people were killed and five were injured in separate shootings across the St. Louis-area Sunday.

The first shooting occurred around 10:15 a.m. when a man in his 30’s was shot in the thigh in the 4200 block of South Broadway in south St. Louis. He was conscious and breathing while being transported to the hospital.

Just under two hours later, a man in his 20’s was conscious and breathing after being shot in the cheek in the 1900 block of Bremen in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Police said they possibly know who the suspect is, but the victim and a witness were uncooperative with their investigation.

Around 6 p.m., homicide investigators were called after a 31-year-old woman died after being shot multiple times at Virginia and Itaska in south St. Louis. Police said Lakita Henderson, of the 3200 block of Delor, was shot by a man who ran from the scene. No arrests have been made. 

About an hour later, homicide detectives were called to the 100 block of Shepley Drive in north St. Louis County after a man was shot and killed. Police identified the man as 18-year-old Teranne Cooper Jr. 

Homicide investigators were then called to another shooting around 7:30 p.m. Police said a man died of his injuries after being found shot inside a vehicle at Salena and Miami in South City. Investigators determined the three victims were involved in a drug purchase when the shooting happened.

Less than 30 minutes later, a 22-year-old man was transported to the hospital in stable condition after being shot at Delor and Morganford in the Bevo Mill neighborhood.

About an hour later, Telisha Booze, 19, died after being shot in the 4200 block of Neosho in the Bevo Mill neighborhood. Police said the woman was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle. Police said Booze was with five other people when the unknown suspects fired shots at them from a rear alley.

Kscia Langley lives on that street and says her five year old son's usual playtime outside quickly changed. 

"He came in the house and said Mom, I heard  boom, boom, boom. I don't know if that was fire works or gun shots," says Langley. 

Police were then called to the 2700 block of Meramec in south St. Louis around 10:50 a.m. after a 28-year-old man was shot in the foot. He was taken to the hospital and listed in stable condition.

The last shooting of the day occurred when a man was sitting on his porch in the 440 block of Taft in the Dutchtown. Police said the man took himself to the hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

The big question many have is how to stop the cycle of violence. Alderman President Lewis Reed thinks the city needs to focus on the youth

"If we are not investing in our youth and not putting the type of programs and services that they need we are going to see this type of thing happen," says Reed. 

Mayor Lyda Krewson with a similar approach saying in a statement:

"These are senseless tragedies. And it's heartbreaking that we've had multiple children hurt in these incidents. Adults, please lock up your guns.   There's no quick fix, but our Police Department is working hard in our neighborhoods 24/7 and we are providing as many summer jobs and opportunities for young people as possible.”

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