Man shot in front of Ramada Plaza Hotel arrested

7:48 AM, Aug 11, 2012   |    comments
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Video: Man shot at downtown hotel

Photo courtesy of NewsChannel 5's Mike Rush.

By Mike Rush

St. Louis (KSDK) - A rolling gun-battle in downtown St. Louis in broad daylight Friday afternoon.

One man was shot, police are searching for whoever shot him. In a strange twist, the 18-year-old victim of the shooting, has been arrested by police after illegal narcotics were found inside his vehicle.

A Pontiac Grand AM with bullet holes in at least one tire and the back of the body tells the tale.

Police say the victim who was arrested suffered a graze wound to his neck in the gunfire.

The victim's car was one of several involved in the shoot-out. It ended up on 9th street, about a block away from a Ramada hotel next to the convention center.

Harolyn Rogers is on the cleaning staff.

"Working on the floors and we heard 15 rounds," said Rogers.

The Grand AM took some lead and so did an 18 year old. Police say, shot in the neck, he walked to the hotel.

It's not the kind of welcome wagon out-of-towners here for a convention expected.

Visitor Kim Stewart said, "That makes me feel scared and thankful to the good lord that I was not anywhere around."

Another visitor, Susan Ledford added, "I was laughing and said well I left my gun at home so that might not have been smart."

Witnesses tell police on the route between the bar and the hotel, they saw two, maybe three cars speeding through red lights and firing guns.

Later, Martin Luepker only saw one, a White Chevy Impala, but one was enough.

"He hits the front of my fender, kind of spun me around in the intersection and then just continued the wrong way down a one way street," recalled Luepker.

What he didn't know at the time, that car was most likely making a getaway after the shooting.

"I was gonna try to chase him and get the license plate number, but I'm glad I didn't catch him," said Luepker.

"I hate to say it, but we kind of get used to it," said Jack Larrison, owner of Shady Jack's.

He's used to hearing gunshots, but not this close. Neither are his customers.

"I think a lot of the patrons left after that, after the shooting. I mean it was right in front of the building, maybe 20, 30 feet from the entrance," said Larrison.

The teenager was taken to Children's Hospital. Police say he is expected to survive.

Investigators are still searching for whoever's involved abnd at this point, there have been no arrests. Police continue to search for the gunmen involved.


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