UPDATE: Suspect Charged with Murder, Burglary, Kidnapping in Bevo Mill Shooting
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Cortez McClinton, 33, of the 3100 block of Pennsylvania, has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and armed criminal action in connection with a fatal shooting in the Bevo Mill neighborhood Monday night.
Officers responded to a home in the 4600 block of Newport, where a 17-year-old girl reported she was outside her home getting something from her car when she was approached by two men with guns. They demanded she return to her residence with them and began to walk her back inside.
The girl’s father witnessed the suspects with his daughter, retrieved his firearm and fired several shots at the suspects, striking both of them as they entered his home.
Her mother also retrieved a firearm and fired one round at the suspects, not striking them.
The first suspect, identified as 31-year-old Terrell Johnson, of the 4500 block of Natural Bridge, collapsed on the living room floor and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police say McClinton then fled the scene on foot, entered Johnson’s vehicle and contacted his brother, who took him to a hospital.
McClinton was treated for gunshot wounds to the chest and both thighs and listed in critical but stable condition.
None of the victims were injured.
The investigation continues, but police say at this point, no charges are being sought against the homeowners.
A judge ordered McClinton be held on a $1,000,000 cash-only bond.
McClinton’s murder charge stems from the death of his accomplice. A spokesman for the circuit attorney’s office tells KMOX News that if someone dies during the commission of a felony—even a suspect—murder charges can be filed. The charge is also known as felony murder.
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