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The most recent shooting took place at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Russell and Menard, near Bastille, a popular bar along Soulard’s main drag. (Credit: KMOV) The most recent shooting took place at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Russell and Menard, near Bastille, a popular bar along Soulard’s main drag. (Credit: KMOV)
The most recent shooting took place at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Russell and Menard, near Bastille, a popular bar along Soulard’s main drag. (Credit: KMOV) The most recent shooting took place at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Russell and Menard, near Bastille, a popular bar along Soulard’s main drag. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Police are investigating a second shooting in the Soulard neighborhood in less than a week.

Even more disconcerting, it’s the second incident of gun violence in the same area, near a popular collection of bars and restaurants.

The most recent shooting took place at 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Russell and Menard, near Bastille, a popular bar along Soulard’s main drag.

According to police, a bouncer at one of the establishments in the area said a man was riding a bike creating a disturbance with patrons. When the bouncer told the man to leave, the suspect later returned and shot the bouncer in the knee.

The bouncer was listed as stable after arriving at the hospital.

The suspect’s gun was later found. Two vehicles in the area were damaged by the gunfire.

Police said at-large warrants will be sought against the suspect.

Early Tuesday morning, John Keene, also known as Peyton, was shot to death in the same spot. Keene was a longtime bartender at Bastille.


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His homicide was the fifth murder in Soulard in the last decade, and police do not have a suspect in the killing and have not arrested anyone in connection to Sunday morning's shooting.

Neighbors are on edge with two shootings in the same intersection of Soulard within 5 days.

"Normally it's just a place where the younger generation comes to have fun. They're usually pretty tame, every once and awhile they get a little wild and throw beer bottles around, no big deal, but you never see any violence," said Dave Barker, who lives near Bastille bar and restaurant.

Barker says he's surprised and disappointed to see so much violence close to his home. 

"It's ridiculous because it's a nice neighborhood and back to back within a weeks time, I think it's got to be the same person," said Sherman Johnson, who lives near the intersection where the shootings took place. However, police have not confirmed if these two shootings are connected. 

However Sherman said two shootings will not force him away from the area. "I feel safe. This is not going to run me away," said Sherman.

Police are increasing patrols in the neighborhood, which has seen a lot of recent robberies. This story is still developing and we will add more information as it becomes available. 

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