According to Kelly's Bluebook
, a "good condition" 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo might get you $5,100 bucks on the used-car market. Last night, a St. Louis man got two bullets for his.
According to police, the 27-year-old victim was driving down the 5000 block of Davidson around 2:15 a.m. this morning when a man in his late teens or early 20s forced him off the road at gunpoint. The suspect -- wearing medium-length dreadlocks and a white T-shirt -- demanded that the driver exit the car and then fired shots as the vehicle owner ran from the scene, striking the victim in the leg and foot. The suspect then hopped in the Monte Carlo and sped off.
That incident was one three shootings last night involving Chevrolets.
Police report that at 11:19 p.m. a Chevrolet Suburban carrying five male suspects fired on a pair of men near Newstead and Labadie, striking a 36-year-old victim in the back. Minutes earlier -- 10:55 p.m. -- a 48-year-old woman was driving up Riverview when her car was passed by a red Chevy Lumina from which shots were at her car, striking her in the face.
Amazingly, all the victims in those shootings are listed in stable condition at the hospital and should rebound from their bullet wounds.
Two other shootings -- sans Chevys -- also occurred overnight. A 27-year-old male and 33-year-old female were shot multiple times in the 3100 block of Rolla Place around 12:28 a.m. The victims are in critical condition. Meanwhile, around 8:15 a 43-year-old male was shot while driving down an alleyway in the 4500 block of Adelaide. He remains in stable condition.
As always the police invite anyone with information regarding these shootings to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous. Note
: We here at Daily RFT
have long associated the Pontiac as the official vehicle of St. Louis thugs and criminals. The inexpensive and somewhat sporty (and crappy) American make seems to be identified in about half of the police reports involving vehicles that come across our desk. Last night didn't bode well for our theory.