An ex-boyfriend and his brother gunned down Jolice Trice and her friends on a neighborhood street where children were present after Trice left the relationship because of abuse, police say.
Jolice Trice suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the upper thigh when Trice's ex-boyfriend, Terrell Perkins and his brother DeonAndre Ford hid outside a house and ambushed her in the 700 block of Thrush Avenue Sunday afternoon, police tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The targeted attack was followed by another shooting hours later, just after midnight on Monday, which sent another man to the hospital.
On Tuesday, the Circuit Attorney's Office charged Perkins, 26, and Ford, 21 -- both from the 700 block of Baden Avenue -- with first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, five counts of armed criminal action, two counts of discharging/shooting a firearm at or from a motor vehicle and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
A 24-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder, and a 28-year-old woman was shot in the foot and grazed on her back. The children on the block during the shooting were not injured.
Just a few hours later, before 1 a.m. on Monday night, four gunmen fired from a car at three men on a front porch in the 700 block of Thrush Avenue.
A 35-year-old man was struck twice in the upper shoulder and back. A 16-year-old and a 22-year-old were not injured.
Police said homicide detectives were investigating whether the shootings were connected.
There have been 66 homicides in the City of St. Louis in 2014, according to police records. This time last year, there were 57 homicides.
Here are the full reports from police:
Location: 700 block of Thrush
Date/Time: 7/20/14 @ 16:39
Victim #1: Jolice Trice 25-year old black female of the 700 block of Thrush (deceased) Victim #2: 24-year old black female (critical/stable)
Victim #3: 28-year old black female (stable)
Suspect #1: Black male
Suspect #2: 26-year old black male
Officers responded to the above location for a "shooting" and upon arrival, located all three victims inside the residence suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were all conveyed to area hospitals. Victim #1 sustained a gunshot wound to the femoral region and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Victim #2 sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was listed in critical/stable condition. Victim #3 sustained a gunshot wound to the foot and a graze wound to the back and was listed as stable. The victims reported to officers that two known suspects were responsible for the incident, one they knew by name and the other only known by a nickname. The investigation is ongoing.
Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting)
Location: 700 block of Thrush
Date/Time: 7/21/14 @ 00:53-00:55
Victim (1): 35-year old black male (critical/stable)
Victim (2): 16-year old black male
Victim (3): 22-year old black male
Suspects: Four black males, wearing dark clothing
Victims #1, #2 and #3 reported they were sitting on the front porch talking when four unknown armed suspects approached them in a dark colored vehicle and began firing shots at the victims. Victim #1 was struck twice in the upper shoulder and back and was conveyed to a hospital where he was listed in critical/stable condition. Victims #2 and #3 were not injured during the incident. Homicide Detectives and District Detectives are working to determine any possible connections between this incident and the Homicide in the 700 block of Thrush. We will advise on any new updates. The investigation is ongoing.