Police Identify Cherokee Street Murder-Suicide Victims
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Two men and two women were shot dead at the Cherokee Place Business Incubator in St. Louis Thursday afternoon. Police say that the shooting is part of a murder-suicide.
Police say the shooting was targeted at a home healthcare business in the building on the 2700 block of Cherokee Street.
Police say 59-year-old Ahmed Dirir appeared to have an argument with employees and opened fire killing 44-year-old Khadra Muse, 29-year-old Seaeed Abdulla, and 54-year-old Bernice Solomon-Redd.
There is surveillance video that shows Dirir in an apparent verbal dispute, and shortly thereafter, gunshots are shown penetrating a wall inside of the business. The argument appeared to be brief and police are not sure if it was from a prior incident that carried over today or was initiated today.
The surveillance video also shows that no one had entered or exited the business other than the 4 deceased, which led investigators to determine this incident to be a murder/suicide.
A semi-automatic handgun was recovered next to the suspect.
The gunman and the three victims were the only ones inside the office. They all were employees at AK Home Healthcare, LLC., which has been in the building for 2 years.
Police say Dirir is believed to be the owner of the business.