ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A man was chased and pistol-whipped during a carjacking in St. Louis’ West End neighborhood Monday night.
Ward 26 Democratic Committeeman Joe Palm, 50, told police he was exiting his 2014 Ford Explorer in the 5500 block of Maple Avenue at 8:30 p.m. when two suspects dressed in all black and wearing ski masks, approached him and demanded the keys. Palm then ran from the suspects, who chased him.
When the suspects caught Palm, they allegedly hit him with a gun and stole his keys.
He ran to nearby the home of Genet Conyers and contacted officers while the suspects drove off in his vehicle, according to police.
"I didn't know if he was shot or what just because blood was everywhere. It covered the whole front of him," Conyers said. "He was walking around frantically and just could not keep still."
According to Palm, two cell phones and a gun were inside the Ford Explorer when it was stolen.
He was taken to the hospital and listed as stable.
The investigation is ongoing.
State Senator Karla May, whose mother was a victim of carjacking, supported a bill in Jefferson City to combat trauma in urban communities by addressing behavioral health, something she says could reduce crime.
She said she was disappointed Gov. Mike Parson vetoed the bill. She said she plans to re-introduce it in January.
So far in 2019, there have been 262 carjackings in St. Louis City.