Mario Shackelford Killed in Kiener Plaza Over Spilled Beer, Cops Say (Homicide No. 56)



The 56th homicide victim in the city of St. Louis this year was killed when an argument over "spilled beer" escalated.

That's according to metro police officials who say that Mario Shackelford, 29, was fatally shot during a fight in Kiener Plaza yesterday evening.

Just before midnight, cops received multiple calls about a fight and shooting involving a group of men around 7th and Chestnut streets. When they got there, cops discovered that three men "who are friends," had been "riding together in a vehicle drinking alcoholic beverages."

The suspect -- a 34-year-old male who police have not yet named -- "spilled beer inside the vehicle causing an argument," cops say.

This man then reportedly retrieved a gun from an unknown location and fired multiple gunshots at Shackelford, hitting him in the chest. Police say the suspect attempted to flee but was chased by a second man, 27, who was not hit by gunfire. This second man tried to detain the suspect and got into a fight with him before grabbing the gun away from him.

File photo of police in Kiener Plaza last year. - TONY D'SOUZA FOR RFT

Another friend then apparently took the weapon and placed it in the truck of the vehicle until police arrived.

Shackelford -- who lived on the 9400 block of Ardmore Drive in north St. Louis -- was pronounced dead on the scene.

The shooter suffered a head injury during the fight and was taken to the hospital where he is listed in critical, but stable condition, police say.

Charges are pending:

Here's the full incident report from the shooting:

Incident: Homicide/Assault Location: 10 N. 7th Street Date/Time: 07/17/13 @ 11:59 p.m. Victim #1: Mario Shackelford, a 29-year old black male of the 9400 block of Ardmore (deceased) Victim #2: 27-year old black male Suspect: 34-year old black male

At 11:59 pm officers received a call for a fight involving 4 males at Kiener Plaza. Before arrival of officers, there were several additional calls for shots/possible shooting in the area of 7th and Chestnut.

Investigation revealed the victims and suspect, who are friends, were riding together in a vehicle drinking alcoholic beverages. The suspect spilled beer inside the vehicle causing an argument.

The suspect retrieved a gun from an unknown location and fired numerous gunshots at Victim #1, striking him multiple times in the chest. The suspect attempted to flee, but he was chased by Victim #2. The suspect fired shots at Victim #2, but he was not struck by gunfire. As Victim #2 attempted to detain the suspect, the two males fought. Victim #2 was able to take the gun from the suspect. A witness, who was with the group, took the gun from Victim #2 and placed it in the truck of the vehicle until police arrived.

Victim #1 was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect was taken into custody and conveyed to an area hospital for a head injury he sustained during the fight with Victim #2. He is listed in critical/stable condition. Victim #2 suffered lacerations, and was treated at the scene.

The weapon was recovered at the scene. If/when the Circuit Attorney's Office issue warrants, the suspect's information will be released.

For more of Daily RFT's coverage of the latest metro St. Louis homicides, visit our "Big Bloody" archive.

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