ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A total of seven people were shot around St. Louis on Christmas Day so far. Four of them are teenagers.
Police said the first shooting happened just before 1:30 a.m. in the 5500 block of Etzel in the West End neighborhood. Two men were shot in the lower body.
According to police, a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman had gotten a ride home from a friend's house and were followed by a grey car.
As the pair got out of the car and began walking to the house, two unknown suspects appeared and began shooting at the grey car.
The victims told police they were caught in the crossfire. Both the unknown shooters and the people in the grey car fled the scene.
About 20 minutes later, officers responded to a shooting two miles to the east in the 4500 block of St. Louis Ave. One man was shot in the stomach. This is the Greater Ville neighborhood.
Officers met them at the hospital and the teens told them they were waiting for the bus when a white car pulled up and someone inside opened fire on them. They ran from the scene and were taken to the hospital by car.
Police said one of them was shot in the leg and the other was shot in the foot. They are both stable.
About 20 minutes later, two 18-year-olds were found shot in the 4500 block of Alice in the O'Fallon neighborhood. One of them was shot in the head and is in critical condition.
"We understand they were being chased by another car," St. Louis City Police Chief John Hayden said. "We have multiple shell casings out here indicate assault rifle had been fired right now. Still piecing together what was the root cause of all of this."
Police said another person could have been following the two victims' vehicle and then fired shots at them.
You are asked to call police if you have any information on any of these shootings. You can call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.