Police ID 3 killed after leaving St. Louis nightclub downtown
By Kim Bell
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
UPDATED, 4:25 p.m.
ST. LOUIS -- Three St. Louis men were shot to death in their car between Union Station and the U.S. Post Office in downtown St. Louis after leaving a nightclub in St. Louis early today.
Police identified the victims this afternoon as Allen Jones, 32, of the 3400 block of Tennessee; Dawon Moore, 27, of the 4500 block of Emerson; and Byron Blassingame, 27, of the 4900 block of Alcott.
Moore was driving the car at the time.
Police said that about 2:30 a.m. today, they were leaving a downtown nightclub called Club Society at 326 S. 21st St.
They were in an SUV, stopped at a stoplight at Market and 18th streets. Another car pulled alongside theirs, and at least two people opened fire on the SUV.
Their SUV rolled forward, stopping in front of a bus stop. The three men had been shot multiple times and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said it didn't have a good description of the killer's car, said police spokeswoman Erica Van Ross.
"It does appear to be a targeted incident," Van Ross said. "It certainly appears the suspects were targeting the men who were in that SUV."
Last night at Club Society, national rapper Yo Gotti performed. The club's website called it a B-Day Bash hosted by Big Terence and DJ Sir Thurl. Club managers did not immediately return phone calls to the Post-Dispatch.
Club Society's owner used to own Plush, a nightclub at 20th and Market streets in the Union Station complex that closed in 2006 after a man was shot several times and killed on the parking lot behind the club.
The victim of that murder on Nov. 12, 2006, was Charles Hogans, 22, of Dellwood. Hogans had been kicked out of the club for fighting moments earlier. The day after Hogans' murder, Plush surrendered its liquor license to the city.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.