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Police Search for Catholic Supply Store Murder Suspect

Police confirm the fatal shooting began as a sexual assault at gunpoint inside the store.

November 19, 2018 - 4:04 pm

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) - (UPDATED 7:58 p.m.) St. Louis County police say an armed gunman is on the loose after sexually assaulting and fatally shooting a woman at a Catholic supply store in Ballwin.

The call came in about 3:19 p.m. Monday regarding Catholic Supply of St. Louis, Inc, in the 14000 block of Manchester.

County police Sgt. Shawn McGwire confirms the shooting began as a sexual assault at gunpoint inside the Catholic Supply store.

McGwire could not confirm reports that multiple women were sexually assaulted, the AP reports.

At least one person was taken to an area hospital. Police say the woman died there.

County police tweeted that they are looking for a suspect described as a white man, 5’7”, with a heavy build, believed to be between the ages of 45 and 50. The man was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, large belt, and a black or gray hat.

There is no word on motive. Police say the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has information, they are asked to call 911.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis released this statement following the incident:

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.