Police say string of shootings could be related

10:10 PM, Apr 15, 2012   |    comments
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By Ann Rubin

St. Louis (KSDK) - Police are investigating a string of shootings in St. Louis that could be related.

A 19-year-old man walking with a group of friends was shot in the upper torso around 4:15 p.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of Tower Grove, near Sweetie Pie's Restaurant.

Witnesses say the man was walking with a group of friends when he was shot by two men in a black Chevy Impala.

Hospital officials say a green sedan pulled up to the front of an area hospital and pushed the victim out.

He is listed in critical condition and unable to speak.

An 18-year-old man was shot just down the street from the first shooting, in the 1200 block of Tower Grove around 11 p.m. Saturday.

The victim was shot in the hand during a drive-by shooting.

He was taken to an area hospital and is in stable condition.

Police say the suspects are two black males with dreadlocks driving a black or grey Chevy Impala.

Authorities say there are similarities between the shootings on Tower Grove and another shooting around 10:45 p.m. Saturday night in the 3000 block of Thomas.

A 16-year-old man was shot in the leg, stomach, and arm while on the front porch of the home.

He was taken to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Two other homes and a car in the area were hit with gunfire, but nobody else was injured.

One of the homes belongs to a woman who asked not to be identified.

"All six of my children, including myself was in the room when the bullets came through," she said.

The bullets shattered her window, whizzed by her head, and pierced her closet.

"After the first one we started running," she said.

Police say the suspects were driving a black sedan.

Residents in the area of the shootings are shaken. All of the drive-by shootings appear to be targeting teenagers.

At the Bridge of Hope Church they try to inspire and uplift, not just inside their walls, but out in the community.

"We try to get them when they're young," said volunteer Annie Thompson.

"We want to get them before they have the opportunity to make bad choices," said church board member, Karla Jo Wills. "It makes me really sad that that's going on in this neighborhood. It also puts a lot of fear in my heart for the kids that we see and that we deal with and the danger that may put them in."

The Grove, site of two of the shootings, is also home to several restaurants and bars.

"To me, it's getting better," said restaurant patron Erin Edwards.

She believes the area has made great strides.

"They're not what happens every week anymore. It's the few and far between. We're seeing more of a community pull together and try to make a change for the better," said Willis.

Police continue to investigate. Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.



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