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St. Louis police respond to 3 separate shootings Friday afternoon

Three men were injured when they were shot within a span of about 15 minutes Friday afternoon. One of the men was pronounced dead at a St. Louis hospital.

ST. LOUIS — Three people were injured, one fatally, in separate shootings early Friday afternoon in St. Louis.

A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson said Jevon Patterson was shot in the stomach in the 5000 block of Thrush Avenue shortly before 12:15 p.m. in the city's Walnut Park East neighborhood.

Another person drove Patterson to a St. Louis hospital when the pair was met by officers and EMS personnel in the 4400 block of Duncan Avenue, just east of Barnes Jewish Hospital. Patterson, 23, was then taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In connection to the deadly shooting, police arrested 20-year-old Jerry Pergues, who has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, four counts of first-degree assault and five counts of armed criminal action. He was being held without bond.

At 12:20 p.m., a 30-year-old man was found with a graze wound to his head at the intersection of Shaw Avenue and Klemm Street near Mullanphy-Botanical Garden Investigative Learning Center in south St. Louis.

About 15 minutes later, officers responded to the area of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Clara Avenue in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood for a report of a 30-year-old man who had been shot in the face. The man told police he had been shot by his 26-year-old sister. Police said the woman contacted the department and was taken into custody.

Police asked anyone with information about any of the shootings to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

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.

The Crime Victim Center of St. Louis has multiple programs to support victims of crime. Crime Victim Center’s programs range from direct services to crime victims as well as “creating awareness and change within the systems they encounter.”

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."

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has the Neighborhood Healing Network, which serves people who have experienced crime, violence or been the victim of an incident that caused trauma.

Cure Violence is an international organization that is present in a handful of St. Louis neighborhoods. Violence interrupters are trained to deescalate violent situations within their own communities.

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