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Teen unknowingly captures 4th of July deadly shooting on camera

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Teen unknowingly captures deadly shooting on camera while filming dumpster fire in downtown St. Louis. Teen unknowingly captures deadly shooting on camera while filming dumpster fire in downtown St. Louis.
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

While gunshots rang out near downtown St. Louis on the Fourth of July, 18-year-old Blake Lilge was recording, only he thought the subject of his video was a dumpster fire.

"It became more clear once I was reviewing the footage later that night that someone had been shot," said Lilge

Blake Lilge said he and his family were heading home to De Soto when they spotted fireworks from the highway.

"We went to see what was going on because it looked like a pyro-technician show," said Lilge.

By the time they arrived at the Clinton-Peabody Apartments near Chouteau and 14th Street, the show was over and the fire was raging.

"Flames were just shooting up high, it was crazy," said Lilge. "There was black smoke everywhere."

But it wasn't the fire that will remain with Lilge forever, it's the life that was lost just feet away from him.

"This was a person," said Lilge. "I may not have known this person, but this was a real-life human being."

St. Louis City Police say 29-year-old Brian Mitchell was shot in the stomach. 

The father of one with another child on the way was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Mitchell was one of four people shot and killed in the St. Louis area during the Fourth of July holiday.

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