Three Killed in Separate Shootings Sunday in St. Louis, Homicide Count Hits 261

Three men were killed in three separate shootings in St. Louis on Sunday, bringing the number of homicides in the city to 261 that year.

Police responded to the first shots around 2:40 p.m. in the 4,500 block on Newberry Terrace. According to an incident report, officers were called to a shooting and found the victim, a black man in his forties, lying on the floor with gunshot wounds. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Details about the shooter are unknown and the homicide squad has taken over the investigation.

The second shooting took place at Circle K on 8200 South Broadway around 6:07 p.m. Police responded to a call to shoot and found the victim, 26-year-old Laron Martin from the Kingston block of 200, shot dead and lying in front of the gas station. Paramedics pronounced Martin dead at the scene. Again, the homicide department has taken over the investigation and the police have not released any details about the shooter.

Police responded to the third shooting call just before midnight and arrived at a residence on Goodfellow’s 3400 block. Inside, they found Charles Brown, a 44-year-old man from the 5800 block of Selber Court, whom they describe as “injury-related”. When paramedics arrived at the scene, they explained the deceased man. As with the first two shootings, the Homicide Division has taken over the case and details of the suspect are not known.

The murders bring this year’s number to 261, a dramatic increase from last year’s 193. It’s the highest number of murders in the city of St. Louis since 1993, hitting a record high of 267 – and the year is not over yet.

The police encourage anyone with information about the shootings to contact the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

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