ST. LOUIS — Two people are dead and another was hospitalized after a shooting early Thursday morning in St. Louis' Central West End neighborhood.
The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. in an alley on West Pine Boulevard near N. Sarah Street. Police arrived to find three people shot. Two men were inside a vehicle and a woman in her late teens was lying on the ground.
The woman and one of the men were pronounced dead at the scene. The other man was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
The woman was identified Friday as Kayla Washington, a 19-year-old woman from Florissant.
At around 5 a.m., police towed a car from the scene that appeared to have been involved in a crash.
A homicide investigation is underway.
Anyone with information is urged to call the St. Louis police department's Homicide Division at 314-444-5371, or anyone with a tip who wants to remain anonymous and is interested in a reward can contact 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.
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 with 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/