Fourth victim dies after shooting in "Hayden's Rectangle"

Kevin Killeen
May 15, 2019 - 11:24 am

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- Four men are dead and one injured at a shooting inside a north St. Louis home Monday night.

It happened just before nine o'clock in a home in the 4000 block of Shreve Avenue. That's part of police Chief Jon Hayden's area of increased patrols--Hayden's Rectangle.

All of the people shot were men in their 20s and 30s.  The motive is not yet known.

Three of the victims died the night of the shooting; the fourth died late Tuesday.

The Reverend B.T. Rice of the St. Louis Clergy Coalition says many young people have no moral compass.

"I think the root is unemployment, a lack of education, and moreso than anything, it's no family life, no family tie. These youngsters are growing up without examples [like] fathers in the homes," he says.

Rice says many young people "no longer believe in hell," they "think they're living in hell right now," so they can do what they want.

PRETTY SHAKEN UP is how Aldermanic President Lewis Reed was feeling, after meeting with family members of those killed in the Shreve Avenue home.

"This thing where we're like 'let's try this, let's try that,' I'm done with that. We have to implement something that works, that has been measured across this country, that we can take some assurance that we're going in the right direction."

A guest on the Mark Reardon show on KMOX, Reed says it's time to adopt the Cease Fire Initiative, a youth intervention program he says has lowered the murder rate in some cities by as much as fifty percent.