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Police seek more victims of man who allegedly shot, raped woman in St. Louis County

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Crime scene tape after an early morning shooting in the 2400 block of Silkwood Drive (Credit: KMOV) Crime scene tape after an early morning shooting in the 2400 block of Silkwood Drive (Credit: KMOV)
Shawn Hughes, 36, is accused of shooting a woman 8 times in North County (Credit: St. Louis County Police) Shawn Hughes, 36, is accused of shooting a woman 8 times in North County (Credit: St. Louis County Police)

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) – Police believe there may be more victims after a man was arrested for raping and shooting a woman in north St. Louis County.

Shawn Hughes is accused of pinning a woman down and raping her in the 2400 block of Silkwood Drive around 4 a.m. on March 21. While the victim was trying to push him off of her, the 36-year-old suspect shot her eight times and then ran off, according to police.

After being shot, the victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Hughes, who is a convicted felon, reportedly told investigators he discarded the gun after the shooting.

Since being released from prison in October 2017, Hughes was employed by a business in Valley Park and was known to frequent nightclubs in Brooklyn, Illinois.

Friday morning, police said their investigation has led them to believe there may be other incidents involving Hughes throughout the area. They are asking any other women who may have been victimized by the suspect to contact them at 314-615-8694.

"They are safe now," said Officer Ben Granda with St. Louis County police. "He is in custody."

Hughes was charged in 2013 for rape and kidnapping in St. Louis. He pled guilty to lesser charges in 2016 and was released last October. The circuit attorneys office told News 4 they dropped the more serious charges because of lack of evidence. 

Now, Hughes has been charged with one count of first-degree rape or attempted rape, one count of assault in the first degree, one count of armed criminal action, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution. He is being held on a cash-only bond of $500,000.

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