A University City woman died Thursday when a car pulled alongside her car while driving on eastbound Interstate 70 near East Grand Avenue and started firing.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson says he isn't sure yet whether Felita Davis, 42, of the 8100 block of Blancha Drive, was the intended target or an innocent bystander.
"The lady was driving a dark Chevrolet Impala with heavily tinted windows," the chief tells St. Louis Public Radio. "Individuals in two separate cars pull up next to the vehicle, point at it, and then start to shoot at it. For some reason, these individuals thought that car was a car they were interested in."
Davis was shot in the buttocks, upper chest and arm around 7:40 p.m. Thursday before her car crashed into the center median of the highway. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police released Davis' identity Monday.
Davis' was one of six homicides to hit the city in an eighteen-hour window last weekend, starting before 3 p.m. Thursday, when shooters opened fire with AK-47 and AR-15 rifles at Adelaide Avenue and Hall Street, leaving more than 50 shell casings at the scene and killing a retired army veteran.
There were 120 total homicides in St. Louis city in 2013.
Here's the initial report from police:
Incident: Homicide Location: I-70 (Eastbound) @ E. Grand
Date/Time: 9/04/14 @ 19:40
Victim: 42-year old black female
Officers responded to the above location for the victim of a shooting. The victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to her buttocks, upper chest, and arm and was conveyed to a hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Investigation revealed the victim was driving eastbound on I-70 when a vehicle pulled along side her and an unknown occupant shot into the victim's vehicle. The victim's vehicle came to a rest on the center median of I-70. The victim's identification is being withheld pending next of kin notification. The investigation is ongoing.
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