Two men were killed during an apparent drug-related shooting yesterday in broad daylight near the Arch grounds.
Police say two male occupants of a red Oldsmobile Alero fired shots into a burgundy Dodge Caliber SUV near Gravois Avenue and Russell Boulevard as a result of a drug sale. The confrontation continued as both vehicles drove into downtown, before finally stopping at Fourth and Market streets just blocks away from Busch Stadium where some fans were already gathering for last night's playoff game.
No bystanders were hurt, according to a Post-Dispatch article.
Two of the five people in the Dodge SUV were killed. One died in the backseat, the other was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital. Of the remaining three occupants in the SUV, one was shot in the ankle and taken to the hospital for treatment. Another attempted to flee, throwing marijuana packaged for sale and heroin near or in a nearby porta-potty, according to police. The person who tried to escape was later taken into custody. The individuals in the Alero escaped.
Here is the thread of tweets the police detailing the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.
At 4th & Market, 2 individuals are deceased & 1 individual suffered gunshot wound after their vehicle was shot at. 2 others are in custody.— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) October 6, 2014
Officers believe occupants of vehicle were involved in drug transaction when another vehicle fired shots at them.— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) October 6, 2014
Officers believe incident began at Gravois & Russell. Suspects shooting from vehicle fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing.— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) October 6, 2014
Officers at scene have recovered suspected marijuana. Marijuana packaged for sale & other drugs also recovered. Investigation continues.— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) October 6, 2014