Desmond Adair: Shooting by Arch Grounds Kills Man, Injures Woman (Homicide No. 70)



A late-night shooting near Laclede's Landing and the Gateway Arch left one man dead and another woman seriously injured over the weekend.

Police say that Desmond Adair, a 21-year-old male, was shot in the neck near Washington Avenue and 3rd Street at around 12:45 a.m. Saturday morning and died a short while later at the hospital.

A 23-year-old woman was hit in the arm and taken to the hospital in serious, but stable condition.

Police say the investigation revealed that the victims had been traveling in the area around the 400 block of Memorial Drive when unknown suspects in a dark-colored sedan began firing shots at them. The victims' vehicle struck a light pole during the incident, police say. The two apparently managed to get themselves to the hospital.

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The investigation is ongoing and police have no information on possible suspects.

Adair, who lived on the 7000 block of Dawson Place in north St. Louis county is the 70th homicide victim in the city this year. At this same time last year, there were around 80 murders in the city.

There have been two other homicides at Laclede's Landing this year.

Here's the full incident summary from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Incident: Homicide/Assault 1st Location: 400 block of Memorial Date/Time: 8/31/13 @ 00:45 Victim #1: Desmond Adair, 21-year old black male of the 7000 block of Dawson Victim #2: 23-year-old black female Suspect(s): Unknown Officers responded to a call for a shooting that had occurred near the area of Washington and 3rd Streets. The victims had been shot and had conveyed to themselves to a local hospital. Victim #1 suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Victim #2 suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and was listed in serious/stable condition. Investigation revealed that the victims were traveling in the area of the above location when unknown suspects in a dark colored sedan began to fire shots at them. The victims' vehicle struck a light pole during the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

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

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