St. Louis Homicide No. 41: Robert Coley Killed In Alleged Drug Sale, Two Suspects Flee



It's been a violent 24 hours in the city of St. Louis.

As news broke yesterday about the tragic slaying of an immigrant refugee working at a 7-Eleven in south St. Louis, another fatal shooting took place in the Carondelet neighborhood of the city.

This killing was apparently tied to a drug deal that turned violent.

Robert Coley, 35, is the 41st homicide victim in the city in 2013.

Police responded to a call for a shooting at around 11:40 a.m. at the 6100 block of Vermont Avenue. There, they found Coley suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a car.

It was too late to rush him to the hospital; he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The investigation, metro police say, reveals that he had been parked in his vehicle on Vermont with a friend and then met with two black males to "make a drug transaction."

These suspects, however, shot him multiple times as he remained seated in the car.

The suspects then reportedly fled on foot east from the area and have not yet been located. The friend of the deceased victim was not injured in the shooting.

The victim lived nearby on Dewey Avenue in the Holly Hills neighborhood.

Several recent metro homicides have involved victims found dead inside cars.

Here's the full alert from SLMPD:

Incident: Homicide
Location: 6100 block of Vermont
Date/Time: 6/10/13 @ 11:40
Victim: Robert Coley, 35-year old black male
Suspect: 2 unknown black males
Officers responded to a call for a "shooting" and located the victim, who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, seated in a vehicle. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigation revealed that the victim had parked his vehicle to the above location with a friend and met with two black male suspects to make a drug transaction. The suspects shot the victim multiple times as he remained seated in his vehicle. The suspects fled on foot east from the area and have not been located. The friend of the victim was not injured. The investigation is ongoing.

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