Five Shootings in North City Result in Death, Injury Yesterday


A 39-year-old St. Louis man was shot in the head Monday night in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Damien Bynum, of the 2900 block of James Cool Papa Bell, died at a hospital.

The daily reports that Bynum was found on the ground just before 10 p.m. He reportedly had been involved in a verbal altercation with another man, who fired gunshots and then ran away. Police do not have a description of the man who escaped, and no arrests have been made.

That's not the only shooting in north city yesterday. KSDK says police are also investigating other shootings, the first of which happened around 11:30 a.m. in the 2800 block of Goodfellow. The TV station reports that a man was in his vehicle when he was shot in the arm. He was taken to a hospital and is said to be stable.

Two other shootings occurred around 5:40 p.m. One happened on the 4900 block of Farlin in the Penrose neighborhood and involved a man who was shot numerous times in the chest. KSDK says he was breathing and conscious when police arrived.

Another shooting, which took place in Fountain Park near Kingshighway Boulevard and Vernon Avenue around the same time, happened when a woman was hit by a stray bullet. She was taken to a hospital and is said to be in stable condition.

Police records also show that a shooting took place on the 4000 block of Farlin at 9 p.m. Monday. The victim told police that a passenger in the backseat of a gray Chevrolet fired shots out the window, striking him in the ankle as he was walking down Farlin. The suspect took off, and a friend took the victim to the hospital. He was said to be stable.

In addition, KSDK also reports that police are investigating an incident around 7:45 p.m. when a vehicle was shot on I-55 by Arsenal. No injuries occurred, and it is unknown whether it was a random incident. Previous shootings on I-55 in the last year have resulted in highway shutdowns and, in some cases, the death of a driver, although police have said they don't believe the shootings are linked.

Editor's note: We updated this post after publishing with information about a fifth shooting in north city.

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