Man charged after shooting spree in West County

Published: Jun. 12, 2022 at 9:38 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2022 at 3:20 PM CDT
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WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV) -- The man accused of shooting through a frozen custard store’s door and two occupied vehicles in west St. Louis County was charged Tuesday.

Michelle Wilkerson said she was stopped in traffic to make a left turn and had her 10-year-old daughter in the vehicle with her when she saw a man on a motorcycle driving recklessly and coming toward them.

“He swerved around and as we both were looking at him, he drew with his left hand, drew a gun and he pointed it straight at us. And at that moment, I just ducked and pushed her down,” she said.

According to police, Jeffrey Burnett, 52, started randomly firing shots using a Mac 10. One of the bullets hit the side of Wilkerson’s SUV, another went through a glass door at Silky’s Frozen Custard. No one was injured by the gunshots.

Burnett then kept driving westbound on Highway 100 and ended up shooting at two other occupied vehicles, but did not hit anyone inside, authorities say. The St. Louis County Police Department’s Wildwood Precinct responded to the shots fired on Highway 100 near Pond Road around 6:30 p.m., where they found one of the vehicles that had been struck by gunfire and a victim suffering from a laceration on her leg due to broken glass.

Neighbors said Burnett was a disgruntled former employee at the Pageant. They also said he’s been acting erratically lately, such as yelling at people walking their dogs.

Another neighbor said Burnett believed he had been wrongfully terminated by The Pageant and was suffering mentally and emotionally because of experiences on the job. News 4 reached out to The Pageant but no one would provide a comment.

St. Louis County police said Burnett was taken into custody by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Ellisville police said the Highway Patrol detained him after he crashed his motorcycle near I-44 and Six Flags.

Burnett is charged with four counts of unlawful use of a weapon and shooting from a motor vehicle at a person, resulting in death or injury, and four counts of armed criminal action,

Overall, no one was hurt by the gunfire. Burnett’s motive for firing shots is unknown.