ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - There were at least six shooting over the weekend in St. Louis. Four have died.
Crime tape and cop cars is not the retirement a former postal worker who spoke to Newschannel 5's Mike Rush imagined.
"I was sitting in my living room, watching tv, gunshots erupted," said the 61-year-old, who did not want to be identified. "I see bodies bleeding."
He lives in an apartment complex near the spot where someone shot two guys standing along Euclid in a drive-by Sunday.
Sunday night, red light video cameras caught part of another shooting at Delmar and Skinker. The video shows the car careening into traffic causing an accident because somebody in an SUV shot the driver in the back.
Police are looking for the shooter and the man in the victim's car they say took off and left behind drugs and a gun.
And then there's this.
"A homicide yesterday (Sunday) that was particularly alarming to me," St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said.
He's talking about a fatal shooting on Peck in North St. Louis. Two people died, including a 51-year-old woman hit in the head with a stray bullet as she watched t-v.
"Everything that we see always points back to prevalence of illegal guns in the hands of criminals and certainly narcotics always play a big factor," Dotson said.
"What we're seeing should not surprise us, welcome to reality," said James Clark, with the non-profit Better Family Life. Clark says the answer is to keep the guns and drugs out of the picture to begin with.
"Just as we use hotspot policing, we need to also use hot spot resource delivery," Clark said. "Individuals in our more challenged neighborhoods, they need counseling, they need anger management, they need drug treatment."
The retiree says he used Better Family Life for parenting classes and to find his job at the post office, something he says helped keep guns out of his hands.
"Could have been me," he said.
While the chief says crime is down overall, homicide is up slightly from last year. The number is 119 this year with one day to go, and 113 last year.