Motive not yet established in fatal shooting of bartender in Soulard

51-year old Peyton Keene was shot and killed outside the Bastille Bar in Soulard on the morning of May 29, 2018.

Two days after a popular and long-time bartender in the Soulard Neighborhood of St. Louis was gunned down, police tell News 4 that "no motive has been established."

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, 51-year old Peyton Keene was shot and killed while he was outside the Bastille Bar at Russell Boulevard and Menard Street. Keene's phone is missing and cellphones were taken in two robberies that happened nearby recently.

Andrew Martin is a regular customer at Bastille and was in the bar at the time of the shooting but didn't hear it over the music.

"My friends and I walked outside to smoke a cigarette and that's when we noticed Peyton on the ground. We called 911 and kind of went from there, it was a very fast response," said Martin.

Nearby business owners are hoping to hear of a crack in the case.

Joanie Thomas of Joanie's Pizzeria and Bar said, "We're all frustrated with the circumstance of the situation, an innocent person who was lovely got killed."

Keene was described as a person who always had a smile on his face and made people laugh.

"Just all around a really good person and individual. I've never seen him do anything mean to anyone," said Martin.

Business owners are hoping people don't overreact and stop coming to Soulard.

"It is a little scary but Soulard's safe, I've lived down here my whole life," said Thomas.

According to St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department crime statistics, there have been five homicides in Soulard in the last 10 years. And the overall crime rate for 2018 as compared to 2017 through the month of April, is down 21 percent.

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