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1 dead, 2 injured in St. Peters shooting Monday

The shooting left Darin Gosejohan dead. His wife and teenage daughter suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

ST. PETERS, Mo. — One person was killed and two others were hospitalized after an early Monday morning shooting in St. Peters.

According to the St. Peters Police Department, officers responded to a shooting at about 1:40 a.m. Monday at a home in the 1600 block of County Acres Drive.

Responding officers found a 57-year-old man dead with an apparent gunshot wound. He was identified Monday afternoon as Darin Gosejohan, a St. Peters resident.

A source tells 5 On Your Side the man's wife, 45 years old, and his 13-year-old daughter were also found in the house with gunshot wounds. They were taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The female victims' identities have not been released.

Police said Tuesday morning that a person of interest was in custody and charges would be presented to the prosecuting attorney's office by Tuesday afternoon.

"We are investigating all avenues at this point, as you guys are well aware, with (The) Major Case (Squad), they throw as many investigators as possible onto this case, so we have right around 18 investigators that are out there working leads, trying to figure out exactly who did this," Sgt. Melissa Doss with St. Peters Police and Major Case Squad said.

Sgt. Doss said the fact that one of the victims is 13 years old is hard for everyone.

"It is something that is definitely hard on investigators. It's hard on the public because it's hard for us to understand how anybody could harm a child, so it's definitely something that's difficult for all those involved," she said.

Matthew Jones, who lives across the street from where the shooting happened, said it makes him a little nervous.

"It would make anyone a little jumpy and nervous, but stuff happens. It's the climate of today," he said.

Jones described Sunday night as 'normal.'

"I didn't really think much of it at first, because usually there's some car speeding every once in a while, around here late at night, so I didn't really think much of it, to be completely honest," he said.

Steve Jones said this kind of stuff doesn't happen in their neighborhood.

"Any time a child's involved there's an innocence there that's lost. I hate to see a child be in the mix of any kind of a situation that involves violence, of course," he said.

Sgt. Doss agreed they don't see many of these incidents in their area.

"We don't get many homicides, so this is definitely something that is unusual for us and it's also a big reason why we contacted Major Case," she said.

Neighbors, like Jones, just want to make sure they don't have anything to worry about.

"It's shocking when something like that does happen and it's somebody that you recognize or know, you know. Absolutely. I'd like to know, but I'm sure in time we'll find out," he said.

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was activated to assist St. Peters Police Department in investigating the shooting. 

Eighteen Major Case Squad investigators are on the case, according to a news release from the Major Case Squad.

Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Peters Police Department at 636-278-2222 or call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477. Tippers can remain anonymous.

Police are also asking anyone who lives in the area for any ring camera footage or if they saw anything could be useful to the investigation.

"We'd much rather somebody call us, and it be nothing than for them to potentially have information that we would need for this investigation and then not call us," she said.

This is a developing story. 5 On Your Side will update it as more information becomes available.

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 de-escalate violent situations within their own communities.

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