ST. LOUIS — A man was shot and killed in St. Louis Sunday morning. It was the second homicide inside the city limits within 24 hours.
At 11 a.m., police officers responded to the 5400 block of Etzel Avenue, which is on the edge of the West End and Hamilton Heights neighborhoods.
The police department said the man had been shot multiple times. He wasn’t conscious, but he was breathing. He died at the hospital a short time later. Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide.
Police have not released the victim’s name but said he’s about 20 years old.
5 On Your Side spoke with multiple people who live just feet away from where the man was killed. Almost all of them said they are tired of the violent crime in their neighborhood. One woman, who does not want to be identified, said anything she would say in an interview would be the same thing she's heard repeatedly whenever she watches news coverage of the killings across the city.
Timothy Kearney moved to his home on Page Boulevard, a block down from the shooting, about two months ago. He said he's lived in St. Louis his whole life and is accustomed to hearing about various crimes, but he is shocked by the amount he's seen in his neighborhood in the last two months.
"The shots, the bullets flying," Kearney said. "You know, shots fired around the corner. Sirens every day, up and down the street. It's nonstop."
This shooting happened in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood, one of the areas the City selected for its Cure Violence program.
The incident also occurred feet away from the Better Family Life building. Director James Clark told 5 On Your Side the shooting is just another installment of what he referred to as a "crisis" in St. Louis.
The fatal shooting was the second one in St. Louis within a 24-hour time span. A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed in the Baden neighborhood at 6:14 p.m. Saturday.