Six Shooting Deaths in 24 Hours

Wave of killings has chief concered about retaliations

Kevin Killeen
September 24, 2018 - 4:15 pm

ST. LOUIS--(KMOX)--Police Chief Jon Hayden remarked that the weekend started out quiet.

No one was killed in the city on Friday or Saturday, and the murder rate was 25 killings below his time last year. 

But that changed Sunday, when the shooting began, and within 24 hours six people were dead.

The dead were spread out at five different scenes--in parked cars and a vacant lot--from the Central West End to north city.

"Very alarming when a single homicide occurs," Hayden said, "but certainly when six occur in 24 hours we're very concerned."

The chief gave this account of the murder scenes:

**A black female, 30s, in a car in the 42OO block of West Evans, at 7:30 Sunday morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound.

**A black male, 20s, found in a vacant lot in the 3000 block of Marcus at noon on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene from several gunshot wounds.

**A black female, 20s, found in a car in the 28OO block of North Taylor at 12:30 Sunday afternoon. She was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

(Hayden noted that the man found dead on Marcus and the woman found dead on north Taylor had been in a relationship, but how that relates to their deaths remains under investigation.)

**A black male and female in their late 30s were found in a car in the 200 block of North Euclid at 7:30 Monday morning. Both were pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

The chief says four of the five murder scenes had drugs or drug paraphernalia , prompting him to call the cases "drug-related."

Whether the victims were drug customers or drug dealers is not clear. But the chief says he does not believe there's a drug turf war going on.

In the days ahead, Hayden says he's concerned about possible payback killings. He's asking anyone with information to "not take matters into their own hands," but call police to make an arrest.

For the year, the city now has 130 homicides, compared to 119 at this time last year.

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