ST. LOUIS — Two people are dead after a shooting on Cherokee Street where the Cherokee Street Cinco De Mayo celebration took place.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said the shooting happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of Cherokee Street.
Officers responded and found a 34-year-old man inside Exotic Bar with gunshot wounds to his thigh and elbow. The bar's owner tells 5 On Your Side that the man had run inside after being shot nearby.
Officers applied a tourniquet and he was rushed to a local hospital, where police said he was in serious condition with stable vital signs.
The other two victims were taken to the hospital by car. They both were pronounced dead at the hospital. A fourth victim, a 24-year-old woman, told police she heard gunshots and was grazed on her foot.
On Thursday, police identified the victims killed in the shooting as 25-year-old Rayon Caffey and 44-year-old Eric Taylor, both of St. Louis.
St. Louis police's Homicide Division is investigating the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call the department's Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371. To remain anonymous and possibly receive a reward can contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).
This is a developing story. 5 On Your Side will update information as it is confirmed.
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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.”
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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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