'Twas a busy night and early morning of murder and mayhem in St. Louis over the past 14 hours.
The most recent incident occurred around 5 a.m. this morning when a Post-Dispatch
delivery man parked his van in the 1300 block of Kraft in Dogtown. View Larger Map
As the delivery driver was loading papers into a vending machine, police say a dark colored 4-door SUV pulled up next to him, and a suspect (described as a dark-complected black male with long, twisted hair) exited the vehicle and pointed a gun at the victim demanding money.
The suspect then shot the victim once in the chest. After the shooting, the suspect entered the victim's van -- a 2001 Ford Windstar with Missouri License Plate #WA2G4D -- and drove west on West Park with an accomplice trailing in the SUV.
The victim was taken to an area hospital and listed in stable condition. The Post-Dispatch
reports that the thieves got away with dozens of newspapers.
In other news...
Police responded to a call for shots fired near Bellerive Park in south St. Louis around 8:50 p.m. yesterday. View Larger Map
Police report that they identified a crime scene in the 100 block of Bellerive but no victim. Later police say a 31-year-old black male was found dead in St. Louis County with gunshot wounds to the stomach. Police believe the man was connected to the shooting at Bellerive.
And finally...a 56-year-old man told police he was walking down the 1700 block of N. Taylor around 11 p.m. when two gunmen approached him and demanded money. View Larger Map
After handing over "property" to the suspects, the man was shot once in the leg. The suspects fled the scene in a gray Caravan. The victim is listed in stable condition.