ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Detectives are investigating a string of shootings that left 15 wounded and four dead during Memorial Day weekend across St. Louis.
The first shooting happened just before 5 p.m. Saturday near Union and Thekla. Police said a man with gunshot wounds was dropped off at a nearby hospital. He is in critical condition.
Around 7:10 pm, a 14-year-old girl was shot in the 1400 block of N. Market. Police said she was inside a car with a 18-year-old boy when a man drove by and fired shots at them.
The 14-year-old was dropped off near North 11 Street and Benton where someone then picked her up and drove her to a hospital.
No arrests have been made at this time.
Around 7:15 p.m., a man in his 30s was shot in the in the 4200 block of Ashland. The man told police he was struck by a bullet while driving the area of St. Louis Ave and Newstead. Detectives said two cars where driving nearby exchanging gunfire.
Homicide detectives were called to a deadly double shooting in the Kingsway West neighborhood at 9 p.m. Once there, they found, Robert Cannon, 36, dead in the 5300 block of Cote Brilliante. A teen was also shot in the foot.
Thirty minutes later, 15-year-old Malik Valley was shot in the 3900 block of Evans. Officers said Valley was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Just after 11 p.m., police say a man in his 40s shot a 16-year-old boy. Police said he was standing at the corner of Virginia and Bates when the suspect drove by in a black truck and shot him.
Officers then found a man in his 50s gunned down inside his car in the area of N. Garrison and Montgomery around 12:20 a.m. Police say the car hit a pole. He later died from his injuries.
Around 12:45 a.m., a 43-year-old man was shot in the 1300 block of Hodiamont as he was exiting the Quick Stop Mini Mart. He said he said he saw suspects run from the side of the mart and start shooting at him.
Around 1:15 a.m., a woman was shot in the head at the ZX Gas Station on Vandeventer in the Greater Ville neighborhood. She is in critical condition. Moments later, a man was dropped off at a local hospital after being shot in the arm near Goodfellow and Switzer.
Just before 1:45 a.m., a 34-year-old man, 21-year-old woman and 18-year-old man showed up wounded at a hospital. The victims said they were inside a car when shots rang out in the 2500 block of Semple. The 21-year-old is listed in critical condition.
A 29-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot around 2:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of Hamilton. Police said he got into an argument with two suspects as he was leaving the Budget Inn. One of the suspects fired shots at him, grazing the victim in the head.
About 30 minutes later, detectives arrived back to N. Garrison Ave near Hebert to investigate another shooting that left a man injured.
Crime scene tape blocked off the BP gas station on South Broadway following a double shooting that left Jaymes Jackson, 21, dead and a 22-year-old in critical condition. The shooting happened around 3:20 a.m.
Just before 4 a.m., a 33-year-old man was shot in the shoulder near Romaine and Hodiamont. He told police a man in his 50s got out of a white truck and shot him while he was walking.
Sunday, Mayor Lyda Krewson sent News 4 the following statement about the violence:
“I am outraged over the shootings and violence that have occurred over this Memorial Day weekend. Too many guns. Too much anger. Too many sad families. A sad, tragic beginning to summer. Please, no further retaliation. Put down the guns.”
There have been at least 63 homicides in St. Louis City this year. That's close to the same total as this time last year despite the coronavirus outbreak.
“It’s unsettling to see so many people ignore the social distancing rules at the Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend," said Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed. "But, what is even more disturbing and devastating to all of St Louis is something much closer to home, 19 people shot and 4 people murdered in one weekend. This is a prime example of why we need to be actively and aggressively fighting both of these public health crises at once. We don’t need to wait to be another national headline for a record number of children killed in the city to take action. We need to take action now. Coronavirus aside, gun violence is still a major issue in our city. It is not going away on its own and leaving it unattended will only get worse.”
Anyone with information about any of these shootings should call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).