by Sam Levin
It was a busy weekend for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Crime reports show that there were at least six separate shooting incidents across the city two that left victims in serious and unstable conditions and a third one that was fatal.
In the most serious case, Cedrick Franklin, 22, was shot and killed inside of a north St. Louis restaurant, police say, making him homicide victim No. 61 in the city this year. That number, however, may rise as multiple victims from the weekend's gun violence are clinging to life.
The homicide happened on the 4700 block of Goodfellow Boulevard at around 6 p.m. when officers respond to a call for a shooting inside of a Chinese restaurant called Goodfellow Chop Suey.
Franklin was found on the floor and had suffered several gunshot wounds to his legs, arms and upper torso, officials say. The unknown suspects -- whom police have identified as two black males, ages sixteen to twenty, in white T-shirts and jeans -- fled the scene in a black Cadillac Escalade. They were last seen traveling north on Goodfellow Boulveard, police say.
Franklin lived on the 3900 block of Kossuth Avenue in the Penrose neighborhood of St. Louis.
Meanwhile, cops also responded to two shooting incidents early Saturday morning and three others later that evening into Sunday morning.
At around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the 2100 block of Alice Avenue in the College Hill neighborhood, a 46-year-old male victim was found suffering several gunshot wounds to his head and back. He was listed in critical, unstable condition with "death imminent," police say. He has not yet been identified.
At around the same time, police responded to a shooting on the 5900 block of Delmar Boulevard, just north of Forest Park. The unknown suspects in this case had shot at three male victims, ages 22, 22 and 24, and one female victim, age 24, cops say. Two of them were hit in the leg and taken to the hospital in stable condition.
On Saturday evening at around 8:30 p.m., police responded to a shooting on the 1400 block of North 14th Street, just north of downtown, where they found a 26-year-old male victim who had suffered from a gunshot wound to his hip, hands and foot. He was in serious condition but is expected to survive police say. The suspect is a black male who wore a black shirt, black pants and sunglasses.
A separate shooting at the same time took place on the 700 block of Baden Avenue in north St. Louis. There, a twenty-year-old male victim said he was crossing the street when suspects began firing at him, police say. He was hit in the leg. The suspects are two unknown black males, ages 18 to 23, one with dreads and one with low-cut hair, according to the incident report.
Finally, in the sixth shooting incident, police responded to the 4800 block of Anderson Avenue in north St. Louis, where they found a 37-year-old man inside a residence suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest. He is listed in unstable condition and police have no information about possible suspects.
Here are the full incident reports from SLMPD in the order that they happened.
Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting)
Date/Time: 8/3/13 @ 2:17
Location: 5900 block of Delmar
Victim #1: 24-year old black male
Victim #2: 22-year old black male
Victim #3: 24-year old black female
Victim #4: 22-year old black male
Officers responded to a call for a shooting that occurred at the above location and were notified that the victims had already been conveyed to a hospital. The officers responded to the hospital and the above victims stated they were involved in an argument with unknown suspects. The suspects fired shots at them and then fled the scene in a maroon Toyota Camry, last seen traveling westbound on Delmar. Victim #1 sustained a gunshot wound to his right leg and Victim #2 sustained gunshot wounds to the left leg and both were listed in serious/stable condition. The other victims were uninjured. The investigation is ongoing.
Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting) Location: 2100 block of Alice Date/Time: 8/3/13 @ 2:30 Victim: 46-year-old black male Suspect(s): Unknown Officers responded to a call for a "shooting" at the above location to find the victim suffering from severe gunshot wounds to his head and back. Witnesses reported that they heard gunshots and went outside to find the victim had been struck. He was conveyed to a local hospital and listed in critical/unstable condition, with death imminent. The investigation is ongoing.
Incident: Homicide Location: 4700 block of Goodfellow Date/Time: 8/03/13 @ 17:50 - 17:55 Victim: Cedrick Franklin, 22-year old black male of the 3900 block of Kossuth Suspect(s): Two unknown black males; 16-20-years old; white t-shirts; jeans Officers responded to a call for a shooting at the above location inside of a restaurant. The victim was located on the floor and had suffered several gunshot wounds to his legs, arms and upper torso. After the shooting, the unknown suspects were observed running from the restaurant, and entering into a black Cadillac Escalade and last observed traveling north on Goodfellow. The investigation is ongoing.
Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting) Date/ Time 08/03/13 @ 20:30 Location: 1400 block of N. 14th Victim: 26-year old black male Suspect: Black male wearing black shirt, black pants, and black sunglasses nothing further. The victim stated the above suspect approached him while he was sitting in front of his residence and began shooting at him. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his hip, hands and foot before fleeing inside of the residence. He was conveyed to a local hospital and listed in serious/stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.
Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting) Location: 700 block of Baden Date/Time: 8/3/13 @ 20:30 Victim(s):20-year old black male Suspect(s): 2 unknown black males, white t shirts, blue jeans, 18-23, one with dreads and one with low cut hair The victim stated he was walking across the street he observed the above suspects across the street. They began to fire at him and the victim was sustained one gunshot wound to the leg. The victim was conveyed to a local hospital and listed in critical/stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.
Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting) Location: 4800 block of Anderson Date/Time: 8/4/13 @ 00:17 -00:19 Victim: 37-year old black male Suspect: Unknown The victim was located inside of a residence at the above address suffered from a gunshot wound to his chest. The victim was conveyed to a local hospital and listed in critical/unstable condition. No suspect information is known at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
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