Victim of I-44 shooting in Webster Groves dies; reward offered - KMOV.com

Victim of I-44 shooting in Webster Groves dies; reward offered

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Police on eastbound I-44 following a shooting Sunday night (Credit: KMOV) Police on eastbound I-44 following a shooting Sunday night (Credit: KMOV)

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – One person was killed and two others hospitalized after multiple shots were fired from a vehicle on Interstate 44 in Webster Groves Sunday night.

The shooting occurred in the eastbound lanes between Berry Road and the Big Bend Boulevard overpass around 10:15 p.m. According to police, the shots were fired by someone inside the suspect vehicle into the vehicle the victims were inside. Mayor Gerry Welch said she asked for the Major Case Squad to investigate the shooting, and that request was approved. Three people were transported to St. Louis hospitals. One person died Tuesday, police said.

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An official with the Major Case Squad said the shooting does not appear to be a random act. He also said the motivation for the shooting is currently unknown but their investigation led them to a gas station in Eureka. 

News 4 talked to an employee at the Moto Mart and they said that a fight took place at Six Flags, then onto his property and then ultimately ending on I-44. Six Flags said in a statement that they know the victims were in the park yesterday, but after meeting with their security team and reviewing their surveillance, they have no indication that an incident occurred at Six Flags.

Officials with the Webster Groves Police Department said at least two of those hospitalized were shot. The condition of those injured has not been released.

Police officials said there is currently no description of the suspect or vehicle the shots were fired from.

The eastbound lanes of the interstate were closed following the shooting but have since reopened.

Drivers told News 4 the shooting has them thinking twice about their safety on I-44. 

"It is just totally terrifying to think we can't safely drive from point a to point b and hope that we it back to point again," says April  Canania. 

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information regarding the incident is asked to contact the police department at 314-645-3000, CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477 or the Major Case Squad Hotline at 314-963-5404. A reward of $1,000 has been offered for information.

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