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4 injured in shooting outside of downtown St. Louis restaurant

Two men are in critical condition, according to the police report

ST. LOUIS — Four people were injured in a shooting in a popular area of downtown St. Louis Saturday night.

According to a police report from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, officers received multiple calls around 11:30 p.m. for shots fired and shootings in the 1100 block of Washington Avenue and the surrounding area.

According to Reign's website, it closes at 11 p.m. on Saturdays

One of the victims, a 23-year-old man was found in the lobby area of Reign with gunshot wounds, according to the police report. He was immediately taken into surgery and was listed in critical condition.

A 29-year-old man, 36-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were all taken to a local hospital via private conveyance, police said. The 29-year-old man was shot in the chest and was immediately taken into surgery, he was listed in critical condition.

According to the police report, early investigation suggested an argument began in front of Reign and multiple people got their weapons and started firing at each other.

Several businesses and residences in the area were hit by gunfire.

An investigation is ongoing.

5 On Your Side reached out to the owner of Reign, Dana Kelly. Kelly is also running for St. Louis mayor in 2021.

She said the restaurant was closed and had all patrons out of the venue by approximately 10 p.m. She said some of her staff were inside doing routine COVID-19 cleaning while security staff members were outside at the front of the restaurant sweeping the sidewalk and escorting personnel to their cars. 

Kelly said the individuals involved in the shooting were not customers of Reign. 

"Nonetheless, they had ample space and opportunity to commit an act of violence with the current street closings and virtually zero police presence. This was a random act of violence and it's unfortunate that this has become all too common in our city," Kelly added. 

Kelly said none of her employees were injured and she invited a grief counsel to speak to her staff Sunday morning. 

Credit: KSDK
Credit: KSDK

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