St. Louis, Missouri 2022-05-16 19:15:00 –
In the city of St. Louis, we saw two particularly intense weekends in a row.
Gun violence killed five people and injured eight this weekend. A 16-year-old girl was shot dead on Minnesota Avenue in the southern city on Saturday afternoon. Later that afternoon, a man was killed outside the bar in the northern city of Jeff Vander Lou. That night, police answered a phone call fired at Bebomil and found a man found dead outside his house.
The last two violent deaths occurred within an hour in northern St. Louis. After 1:00 pm on Sunday, police responded to a shooting at Baden’s River Trail apartment. The victim was sentenced to death in the hospital. About 30 minutes later, police responded to another shooting in the Wells Good Fellow district. Both men and women were shot. The man later succumbed to his injury.
“Unfortunately, this weekend was a particularly violent weekend. We are concerned about all these incidents,” said Daniel Isom, Interim Public Security Director of the City of St. Louis, at a weekly press conference this morning. I mentioned in.
The previous weekend was just as violent. Thirteen people were shot dead, four of whom died.
“There are many factors that make weekends, especially weekend nights, more problematic in terms of criminal activity,” Isom said. “On weekends, people go out late — 2 and 3 in the morning.”
He added that police are working to determine how to optimally shift personnel to make them more prominent on weekends and nights.
Overall, homicides in the city have decreased slightly compared to last year. On this day last year, there were 70 murders in the city. In 2022, there were 66 murders so far.
At a press conference, Isom also addressed the issue of a group of unaccompanied boys causing “nuisance” in downtown.
Following Sunday’s Annie Malone parade, police received multiple calls about a group of boys gathered at Keener Plaza, Isom said. Then another group of minors gathered at the intersection of Ninth and Pine, a few blocks away. There was one incident in which multiple shots were fired in one of those crowds, but no one was injured.
“It doesn’t matter in itself, a large group of boys,” Isom said. “But if you have a group that can get caught up in the turmoil, it’s a problem when you get caught up in the fight that’s happening downtown.”
Isom also quoted a number of boys riding scooters in the middle of sidewalks and streets. This is “not safe, I feel uneasy,” he said.
“I understand that young people need something to do and a place to go,” Isom added later, “Don’t drop children out of downtown without supervision. We have a safe family. Large groups that want to be and roam late at night are unsafe. Destructive behavior separates resources from preventing crime in our neighborhood. ”
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