Sherrell Austin: St. Louis Homicide No. 65; 21-Year-Old Shot in Chest During Hold Up

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Twenty-one-year-old Sherrell Johnson was driving through north St. Louis with friends early yesterday morning when a man in another vehicle forced the car she was in to stop at the corner of Hebert and 23rd (below).

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There the man forced Austin and her companions out of their vehicle by gunpoint.

According to police, Austin and the suspect -- described only as a black male in his 20s -- got into an argument. The suspect then shot Austin, a resident of the 2500 block of Palm, in the chest. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The suspect's car is described only as a gray or green four-door sedan. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

As of yesterday, St. Louis police say Austin was the 65th person killed in the city this year. At this point last year, the city had 62 murders.

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