St. Louis police called to about 10 violent incidents overnight

The 41-year-old man, found on vacant lot in a 3700 block in Penrose, dies from multiple gunshot wounds

ST. LOUIS – Friday night into early Saturday was a particularly busy time for the St. Louis Metro Police. They were called on nine incidents of violent crime in less than seven hours – one fatal shooting, at least nine people shot wounded, and three reported domestic assaults.

At one point, SLMPD reported that 12 people were shot, but after the summaries of the incidents were received, the total was closer to nine.

At around 4:30 am on Saturday, police were called to the 3700 block of Penrose, where they found a man in vacant lot with multiple gunshot wounds. Joel David Boyd, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men are suspected. Homicide detectors take care of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Homicide Squad directly at 314-444-5371, or anyone with a tip who wants to remain anonymous and interested in a reward can contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

Early in the evening, police responded to a shootout on Miami’s 3000 block and found a 13-year-old girl who had been shot in the leg. a man, 36, with a graze on his head; and another man, 28, with gunshot wounds to his buttocks. All three are in stable condition in local hospitals.

In Cole’s 1000 block, there was a double shooting in which a 24-year-old man suffered from a gunshot wound to the upper body and a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the foot left the scene after being treated by EMS.

An early investigation revealed the victims were in front of a residence when a major battle broke out and an unknown suspect fired shots.

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A 32-year-old woman driving in a vehicle near Chouteau and Dillon saw two vehicles with occupants exchanging shots. The woman was shot in the face and hand, police reported. EMS took her to a hospital and she is in stable condition.

Then on the 1200 block of 14th Street, a woman was found to have a graze on her leg. She wasn’t cooperative when questioned, only saying that she was in front of her house when she heard gunshots and felt pain. She refused to receive medical care on site.

Perhaps more alarming were three alleged domestic assaults: Garesche, a 66-year-old man suffering from facial injuries caused by a 45-year-old woman; Leonor K. Sullivan, a woman, 26, who beats a man, 25, with the handle of a machete, cuts his hand, and then escapes the scene (she was later taken into custody, suspected of possessing narcotics); and a man, 28, with a stab wound on the arm and a woman, 20, found in custody.

Another victim was believed to have had a gunshot wound but had in fact suffered a blunt force trauma to the head. The victim is in a stable condition.

There were 65 murders in St. Louis in 2021, up 23% from that time last year and up 31% from 2019 on that day.

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