5 hurt in separate overnight shootings in St. Louis
By Carolyn Tuft
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
ST. LOUIS -- Five people were injured overnight in the city of St. Louis in four separate shootings -- including a gun battle where two men faced off in the middle of Euclid Avenue.
The gunfire began at 9:58 p.m. Thursday in the 4900 block of Warwick Avenue near Sherman Park in north St. Louis, police said. A 17-year-old girl told police that she was standing outside of her home talking to a neighbor when she heard gunfire. She then realized that she had been shot in the foot. The girl was taken to an area hospital and is listed in stable condition. Police say she was unable to give police a description of the gunman.
At 10:34 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of North Euclid Avenue near Fountain Park, two men -- ages 27 and 29 -- walked in the street and started shooting at each other, witnesses told police. The 27-year-old was shot in the arm and thigh and is in critical but stable condition at an area hospital, police said. The 29-year-old was shot in the arm, back and stomach and also is listed in critical but stable condition at an area hospital.
Those two men gave police conflicting stories about what happened that led up to the shootings, police said.
At 12:30 a.m. Friday, a 27-year-old man was pumping gas at a station in the 4900 block of Goodfellow Boulevard near Interstate 70 when two men in their late 20s approached him, police said. The man got into his car and drove out of the parking lot. The two men started shooting and struck the 27-year-old in the shoulder. The victim is in stable condition at an area hospital.
At 1:45 a.m. Friday at a White Castle Parking lot at 806 S. Broadway, police said that a 19-year-old man met up with some people that he had gotten acquainted with earlier in the evening. While on the lot, five or six men in their early 20s demanded money from the 19-year-old, knocked him to the ground and shot him in the buttocks, police said. The gunmen took the victim's money and fled. The victim is in stable condition at an area hospital.
Police have declined to identify any of the victims. All of the shootings are still under investigation by the St. Louis police department.