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Homicide detectives investigating separate shootings minutes apart in south St. Louis

St. Louis police's Homicide Division is responding to two scenes in south St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department responded to two separate fatal shootings in south St. Louis Tuesday night.

The first shooting happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. in the 3500 block of Minnesota Avenue in St. Louis' Gravois Park neighborhood. Police found a man shot in his chest inside a home. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A second victim in the Minnesota shooting was found shot in the groin on a porch in the 3500 block of Nebraska. Police described his condition as critical Tuesday night. There was no update on his condition as of Wednesday morning.

While investigating, officers learned another man had arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his wrist. Police identified him as the suspect in the shooting on Minnesota and he was taken into custody. 5 On Your Side is not naming him because he has not yet been charged with a crime. 

The department believes based on a preliminary investigation that the shooting was drug-related.

The second shooting happened 15 minutes later at 6:55 p.m. in an alley on the 4700 block of Compton, between the Dutchtown and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods.

Responding officers found a woman inside a car with a gunshot wound to her face. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police identified her Wednesday morning as 38-year-old Kay Johnson. A homicide investigation is underway.

Anyone with information on the homicides is asked to call the police department's Homicide Division at 314-444-5371 or Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS(8477).

This is a developing story. 5 On Your Side will update as information is confirmed.

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