ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Police are telling their special units to focus on gun crimes, after a wild night in which seventeen people were shot in seven separate shootings.
Nobody was killed, but several people were injured in shootings Lt. Col Alfred Adkins says involved some “known gang members,” but the shootings that are not being called “gang related” for now.
“We know that there were disputes that occurred before hand, which led to fights, which led to the infusion of firearms into these incidents,” Adkins said, “There are drug overtones in one. There are individuals who haven’t learned how to communicate with each other and solve differences. There are things dealing with prior relationships, intimate relationships on another.
One shooting involved an AK-47 assault rifle which Adkins says hasn’t been recovered yet, so he didn’t know whether it was semi automatic, or full automatic. He was unable to say how many casings were found at the scene of that shooting.
Adkins told officers at the roll call that in recent days six guns had been stolen from parked cars. He advised his officers to be careful. Seventeen shootings in one night is high, and Adkins could not predict whether the shootings might lead to retaliation shootings in the days to come.
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It began just before 9:30 p.m. when a volley of gunshots rang out in the 4700 block of Highland in north St. Louis. According to police, the victims were outside when the shooting started. By the time it ended, five people – including four juveniles, ages 13 through 17 – had been struck by bullets. Three of the injured are males, two are females. Three of the victims had been shot in the leg, one in the arm, and one in the buttocks.
All victims of the Highland shooting survived and are hospitalized in stable condition. Some of the victims told police they believe the shooting stemmed from a fistfight earlier in the evening.
Three more people were gunned down about thirty minutes later in the 700 block of Aubert near Fountain Park, about a mile south of the earlier shooting. Police say the victims were standing near a car when a man opened fire with an assault rifle before fleeing on foot. Again, all of the victims survived.
Police don’t believe the Highland and Aubert shootings are related.
In south St. Louis at Spring and Hartford, not far from Tower Grove Park, a man in his 40s was shot in the knee with a handgun during an attempted robbery.
The fourth crime scene was in the 5300 block of North Broadway where a man was shot in the leg around midnight.
An hour later, five more people were hit by gunfire in the 1900 block of Warren. According to police, the victims were hit by bullets from an AK-47.
As of Monday morning, St. Louis Police could not say if any of the shootings were related or if any suspects were in custody.