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Suspect charged in shooting that left man dead inside car on Arch grounds

The man was charged with first-degree murder. Police said the prosecutor's office denied charges against the woman who was arrested in the case

ST. LOUIS — Surveillance video helped track down suspects in a shooting that left a man dead in a car on the grounds of the Gateway Arch early Tuesday morning.

On Wednesday, a 29-year-old woman, 35-year-old man and 16-year-old boy were arrested.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office charged the man, identified as Mark Perry, with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police said the prosecutor's office denied charges against the woman, requesting a follow-up from investigators. 5 On Your Side has emailed the circuit attorney's office for more information on the decision. The teen was turned over to the juvenile courts.

Earlier this week, St. Louis police were called to Washington Avenue and Second Street for a shooting. When officers arrived, they found a car stuck in a concrete stairway. Inside, there was a man with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later identified as 29-year-old Brandon Scott.

A 5 On Your Side crew observed several bullet holes in the car, including a few in the windshield.

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Police sources also told 5 On Your Side they found evidence from the shooting along Washington Avenue from Memorial Boulevard to Fourth Street.

According to a probable cause statement for charges against Perry, police collected shell casings from two different firearms.

A detective investigating the shooting tracked down surveillance video from the area which captured the shooting and the suspect vehicle. The investigator traced the car back to the registered owner — the woman arrested in the case. 

That woman told police she was in the car with Perry and the teen when the shooting happened. She said Perry was in the back right side passenger seat. The police detective said the surveillance video showed two guns pointing out of that window and gunshots being fired at Scott.

Police believe road rage may have been the motive, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

Credit: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
Mark Perry

Tuesday morning, park officials worked to clean debris left behind after the incident. They told 5 On Your Side the area would be marked off, but it wouldn’t impact the ability to visit the Arch.

No other information about the shooting has been released.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call St. Louis police’s homicide division at 314-444-5371 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

5 On Your Side's Christine Byers contributed to this report.

Resources for crime victims:

If you have been a victim of a crime or know someone who has been, 5 On Your Side has compiled a list of resources.

Better Family Life is a nonprofit community development organization working to “stabilize inner-city neighborhoods.” One aspect of its mission is a gun violence de-escalation program.

To learn more, call 314-381-8200 or visit https://www.betterfamilylife.org/

Life Outside of Violence “helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence.”

To learn more, call 314-327-6697 or email: ProjectLOV@WUSTL.edu

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has an anti-crime program called “Safety Net for Youth Initiative,” which is a joint partnership between and Saint Louis Public Schools to provide services to at-risk youth.

To learn more, visit https://www.ulstl.com/anti-crime-initiative.html

Cure Violence is an international organization that has recently launched in a handful of St. Louis neighborhoods. Violence interrupters are trained to deescalate violent situations within their own communities. To learn more, visit https://cvg.org/