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Officials Stress Safety Of Delmar Loop

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News conference held in Delmar Loop, April 1, 2012 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

News conference held in Delmar Loop, April 1, 2012 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Saturday night, the Delmar Loop saw a flash mob — hundreds of young people gathering, some fighting, some frightening the patrons of one of the area’s major entertainment streets.

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says his department provided a quick response, mainly because they had an advance indication a crowd like that might form, “We anticipated that and had a number of officers here. But, unfortunately we had a bad situation. That certainly is not typical of this area.”

Delmar Loop business owner Joe Edwards says he hopes the public will understand, “Don’t let one night paint a picture that’s inaccurate. Enjoy The Loop. Don’t be held hostage by the fact that a couple of kids got a bit out of hand.”

Police broke up the crowd and made two arrests.  Then, several hours later, bullets flew near Skinker and Delmar in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting.  Two teenagers were wounded and the gunmen got away.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says both his city and University City are working together to ensure the safety of those visiting The Loop. After an hour and a half discussion with police, business owners, and some aldermen, he came out with this message, Sunday, “We will not tolerate bad behavior. There’s going to be zero tolerance for knuckleheads or anybody trying to disrupt the fun people are having here at the Delmar Loop.”

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