NORMANDY, Mo. — A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer was among five people shot during a large bonfire event in north St. Louis County Saturday night.
The incident happened in the 10000 block of Crown Point Drive.
On Monday, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said the officer, who was not on duty at the time, is in critical condition. The officer has not been identified, but a spokesperson said he is 28 years old and has been with the department for 5 years.
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The conditions of the others shot have not been released, but police said they had non-life threatening injuries.
A spokesperson for the Normandy School District said the event was held at an off-site location and was not affiliated with the school district.
A flier on social said ‘Normandy Annual All Alumni Bonfire,’ it specifically said, ‘NO weapons.’ The flier also noted a portion of proceeds from the event would be donated to the Normandy School District.
Video shared with 5 On Your Side over the weekend, showed people standing in a large field listening to music. The woman taking the video indicated she saw some people fighting. At that time, people started to calmly move away from the area.
Then, people started screaming, 'Let's go!' A couple seconds later, the first gunshot was heard. The woman taking the video--along with many others—started running away from the scene to safety.
About 10 seconds passed before a flurry of gunshots rang out. About two dozen gunshots were heard over a 40-second time span before the recording cut off.
Anyone with information should contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.