Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP)(UPDATED 2:15 p.m.) St. Louis police say a man awaiting sentencing for a previous gun crime robbed a woman of her purse and shot her.

Prosecutors on Saturday charged 31-year-old Christopher Shead with several felonies for the latest shooting. The victim survived.

Police say Shead approached the woman from behind on Sept. 24 near Tower Grove Park, shot her in the leg and took her purse.

Detectives found an AK-47 rifle, a .22-caliber revolver, a .38-caliber revolver and a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun upon searching Shead’s apartment, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

He had been released from jail five weeks earlier after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm, his sentence hearing set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Louis Circuit Judge Dennis Schaumann’s courtroom.

Schaumann ordered Shead’s August release over objections by city prosecutors, the Post-Dispatch reports.

Shead had a conviction in St. Louis County on the same charge in 2012.

He is jailed on $100,000 cash-only bond and faces sentencing Tuesday on the firearm possession charge. His attorney, Terence Niehoff, says he expects a long sentence because of the latest trouble.

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