Stephen Ward: St. Louis Homicide No. 11; Gunned Down By Line Cutter at Liquor Store


PX Liquor: Scene of the crime.
  • PX Liquor: Scene of the crime.
St. Louis police are on the search for a man who allegedly cut in line at a north city liquor store last night and then came back into the building to kill the customer who chided him for not waiting his turn.

The incident left 39-year-old Stephen Ward, of the 4700 block of Palm, dead. Witnesses say it was Palm who upbraided the suspect for jumping in line around 9:50 p.m. Sunday at PX Liquor at 4938 Natural Bridge Road. The suspect -- described only as a black male in his 20s -- left the store and returned with a gun, shooting ward in the torso and then fleeing. Ward was pronounced dead on the scene. An investigation is ongoing.

Question 1: What the fuck is wrong with people?

Question 2: And they say people don't want to live in St. Louis anymore? Huh, wonder why?

Note: This article initially stated that Ward's death was the ninth homicide of the year in St. Louis. That's incorrect. It's at least the 11th after 16-year-old Rayquan Smith was gunned down Saturday night in north St. Louis, and 62-year-old Jose Ruiz-Yerna was found stabbed to death Saturday afternoon at his home in the 3800 block of Indiana.

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