A violent St. Patrick’s Day weekend left city leaders and police officers busy investigating multiple shootings and homicides.
Eleven people were victims of multiple separate shootings that happened in St. Louis city. Three people were killed. St. Louis has already seen six more homicides so far this year, than it did in the same period last year, including a Monday morning shooting in the West End neighborhood.
The first shooting call came out around 5 p.m. in south St. Louis on Friday night. A 33-year-old man told police he was walking in the Marine Villa neighborhood when he was approached by a suspect armed with a gun. The suspect attempted to rob the victim, which led up to a fight. During the struggle, the suspect shot the victim then ran from the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital by a friend.
The second shooting happened just after 6 p.m. Saturday evening when officers responded to the 4500 block of McMillan Ave. in North City, where they located a man who was shot in the neck. Aaron Johnson, 23, was found suffering from a gunshot wound. Police arrested a 39-year-old woman after an investigation revealed the Johnson was shot following an argument over a domestic dispute.
About two hours later, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the neck in the second shooting of St. Patrick’s Day. Officers responded to the 5000 block of Beacon Ave. just before 7 p.m. in North City where they discovered the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his neck. The victim told police he was inside his home when he heard gunshots. The investigation revealed the suspects in an unidentified vehicle fired shots into the home.
In a third shooting, a 21-year-old man suffered a graze wound after being struck by a bullet while driving in North City during a road rage incident. Police said the incident occurred at 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Kingshighway Blvd. and Natural Bridge Rd. The victim told police he was driving south on Kingshighway when he sped around a Mustang because it was driving slowly. The driver of the Mustang became angry and fired shots at the victim’s vehicle. Officers said the man suffered minor injuries to his left leg.
A man and a woman were victims of a double shooting in South City, which occurred around 10:30 p.m. in the 3900 block of South Broadway Ave. Police said the woman, 37, was shot in the ear and the man was shot in the right knee.
About thirty minutes later, a 35-year-old woman was shot in the head. The incident happened in the 5100 block of Gilmore Ave. in North City. Police said the woman was breathing and conscious.
Around 11 p.m. a 34-year-old woman was found with a gunshot wound to her neck. When police arrived, the woman said she heard a whistling sound and then realized she had been shot. The victim was transported to a hospital, listed in stable condition.
The final shooting of the night happened around 11:20 p.m. in the 4500 block of Nebraska Ave. in South City. Police said 30-year-old Jerry Scott was shot and later pronounced dead at the hospital. Homicide detectives discovered Scott in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
On Sunday, 25-year-old Jaques St. John of the 2500 block of Belle Glade was located with multiple gunshot wounds after police were called to the scene. The victim was found inside his vehicle. An investigation discovered the suspect, driving a red Sedan, pulled up beside the victim, fired multiple rounds into the victim’s vehicle, and drove off. Homicide detectives are investigating.
Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
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