One person died hours after two men were shot inside Ballpark Village Sunday night.
The shooting happened shortly after 8 p.m. on the rooftop of the sports-themed bar and venue. According to a Facebook event post, about 500 people were expected to attend an "Eat. Drink. Chill. Rooftop Day Party" at Ballpark Village from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday.
At a press conference Sunday night, St. Louis City Police Major Mary Warnecke said an argument broke out at the party and the suspect pulled out a gun and began firing shots into the crowd.
"We have private security at venues like this, but when somebody pulls out their weapon, that's a situation that occurs and its very difficult to prevent," Major Warnecke said.
Two men in their 30's were struck by the gunfire, according to authorities. Corey Hall, 38, of Spanish Lake was shot in the head and was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting. Hall, who was recently married and a father of two daughters, was out celebrating his birthday.
The other victim, a 36-year-old man, was shot in the leg and was in stable but critical condition.
News 4's Alexis Zotos spoke with a man who heard two to three shots while at a private event.
"You didn’t expect it to happen there,” the witness said.
Police said the alleged shooter is still at large and do not have a description at this time. Both private security and off-duty officers were reportedly present at the party.
Shortly after midnight Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals released the following statement regarding the fatal shooting:We are shocked and saddened by the senseless shooting at a private event at Ballpark Village Sunday night. There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our guests. We are praying for the victims and their families and we are working in every way possible to help the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department with their investigation, including their effort to apprehend the individual responsible. We are grateful that our security staff and the St. Louis Police Officers on site were able to respond quickly to help care for the victims. We are urging anyone with information about what took place to contact the St. Louis Police Department or Crime Stoppers. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson tweeted out a call for action Monday afternoon in response to Sunday night's events.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact local law enforcement.
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