UNIVERSITY CITY, MO. (KTVI) – A mother and son are gunned down walking home from a University City convenience store Monday afternoon and police have composite pictures of a suspect they want the public to see.
The sketches are based on varying descriptions from three witnesses who should have had plenty of light to see the suspect because the shooting happened at 2:45 P.M.
"I am really thinking about moving because this is just too close to home," said a neighbor who did not want to give her name.
She says she did not see the shooting but saw the victims, moments later lying in the grass next to the sidewalk near the corner of Sutter Avenue and Bartmer Industrial Drive. The victims lived about a block away in the 6500 block of Bartmer.
The dead are Phebe Stallings, 54 and her son Mosary, 23, who police say was visually impaired.
The two had just started walking toward home from OG`s 1-Stop Shop, when they were either approached by, or met up with a young man, who shot them and then ran away headed south.
"We don`t believe that it is random but right now it is still actively under investigation," said University City Police Sgt. Fredrick Lemons, adding of the victims, "They are known to the police."
Police will say little else, but are confirming they found a 'substantial' amount of narcotics on one of the victims. They won`t say which, or exactly what kind of drugs they found.
The person of interest in the composite drawing is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s who was wearing a hoodie.
Police confirm Mosary Stallings had been shot once before. A person visiting the crime scene who would not identify herself said Stallings had been shot in the head this past December by police in another jurisdiction, and that is what blinded him.
University City police will only confirm that the victim had been previously been shot in the head.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the University City Police Department at 314-725-2211 ext. 8010, or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS.