Man, woman wounded as shots are exchanged near Ballpark Village

Published: Sep. 25, 2022 at 11:22 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2022 at 11:27 AM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - A man and woman were wounded while shots were exchanged outside Ballpark Village early Sunday morning, police say.

The shooting happened at 6th and Walnut around 1:30 a.m. Police say a 38-year-old man spotted a man and woman arguing and tried to intervene. The man who was involved in the argument then shot the 38-year-old man in the left arm. The 38-year-old man responded by retrieving his own gun and returning fire.

During the exchange of gunshots, the 21-year-old woman involved in the argument suffered a graze wound to the leg. The man who was shot was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The woman refused treatment.

The suspect dropped his gun and ran, police say.

A spokesperson for Ballpark Village provided the following statement following the incident:

“At Ballpark Village, the safety and security of our guests, employees and residents is our top priority. While this incident did not occur on our property, our security officers were able to quickly observe and report it to the St. Louis police. We appreciate the swift actions they took and value the police department’s quick response during this isolated incident.”

St. Louis City Director of Public Safety Dr. Dan Isom said the incident is isolated, stemming from a disagreement between two people who know each other. There are no immediate plans to increase patrols ahead of this weekend when the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium for the final home series of the regular season.

“We continue to have officers in the downtown area to try to prevent things like this,” Dr. Isom said. “An example of that is they were close enough to what had happened to be able to recover the gun that was involved.”

Tourists exploring downtown and the area surrounding Ballpark Village and Busch Stadium on Monday said crime can be expected in a major city, especially late at night.

However, during the day, they enjoyed what the city has to offer.

“It’s safe and quiet, very laidback, Midwest,” said Justin Robicheau, passing through Missouri on his way to Florida. “I think it’s very laidback, quiet, calm friendly compared to the northeast where I’m from. This is a quiet city for sure.”

Donald Cundy is visiting St. Louis with his wife, both from Florida. They came to town to tour Busch Stadium but said they’ve enjoyed their time downtown.

“It’s safe, I feel comfortable walking around but I’m from Detroit,” Cundy laughed. “From what we’ve seen, it’s clean and quiet. We’ve had a great time.”

Police said they know the identity of the man who fled the scene, but have not released his name. It is also unknown how many shots were exchanged in the shootout, according to the city.