Sunday Bloody Sunday: Five Dead in Four Separate Incidents Yesterday in St. Louis


It was a particularly bloody and reckless night in St. Louis yesterday. Police report five people killed in four separate incidents last night. 

The first homicide occurred around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Police report that 31-year-old Ronald Jesse Johnson and a female companion were in a car at the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and Belt when a silver Pontiac pulled up to the crossing and occupants inside the vehicle began firing. 

Johnson was struck once in the head and died en route to the hospital. His female companion, identified only as a 23-year-old black female, was shot in the ankles. She remains in stable condition at a hospital. 

The night's second murder happened about a half-hour later. 

Police say 28-year-old Torrie Pittman was in the backyard of a home in 2600 block of Accomac in south city around 6:58 p.m. when he got into an argument with two suspects. The suspects shot Pittman in the face. He was pronounded dead at an area hospital. 
Police believe the same suspects later made their way to the 3500 block of Vista (near SLU Hospital) where they shot 27-year-old Lacy Lee Roberts multiple times in the head around 9 p.m.. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police provide the following descriptions of the suspects: 
Suspect #1 -- Black male wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, short hair, mustache/beard. 
Suspect #2 -- Black male, short braided hair, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. 

The other two deaths of the day are even more tragic. 

Police say 27-year-old Tiffany Owens stabbed her three-year-old daughter, Taylor Johnson, to death around 8:15 p.m. Sunday in their residence in the 4100 block of North Taylor. The girl was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Johnson then shot herself in the chest and was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Johnson's father discovered the victims. Police say Owens had known "psychiatric issues." 

Police encourage anyone with information regarding any of these homicides to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

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