Police ID man fatally shot in Academy neighborhood last week

(Credit: KMOV)

Early Monday bullets shattered glass and pierced a wall and front door of a home in north St. Louis where a 74-year old home invasion victim shot and killed a would-be robber Sunday.

A neighbor who didn't wanted to be identified because of fear for his safety, spoke to News 4.

"Two o'clock in the morning, roughly two something in the morning there was some gunfire in the house, whether it was retaliation or whatever it was," said the neighbor.

Police gave this account of events at the home on Sunday, which may have sparked the drive-by gunfire.

Just after 4:30 p.m., police said 26-year-old Freddric Smith, of the 2600 block of Burd, was shot in his side after attempting to rob a man. He was taken to the hospital and listed in critical, unstable condition immediately following the shooting but was later pronounced dead.

The 74-year-old homeowner told police he was in his backyard when Smith forced him inside his home at gunpoint and demanded property. Once inside the home, the victim got his gun and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

The neighbor said the victim had warned him about criminal activity in the area, shortly before the home invasion.

"Had concerns about young men breaking into people's houses. And he had told me that twenty minutes before everything happened," said the neighbor.

The 74-year-old homeowner was shot in the neck by the robber but was treated and released from the hospital Sunday evening.

A 74-year-old woman was inside the home at the time of the shooting and was not injured.

Both guns were found at the scene.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area to discourage additional retaliatory shootings.

The investigation is ongoing.

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