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.

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From the St. Louis Police Department, “There is surveillance video that shows a male in an apparent verbal dispute, and shortly thereafter, gunshots are shown penetrating a wall inside of the business. The male suspect is believed to be the owner of the business, and the other three victims are believed to be employees. 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. The weapon was recovered at the scene next to the suspect. As next of kin is notified for each of the deceased, we will release their names and ages.”

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Name of the business involved in the shooting: AK Home Health Care LLC

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Fight breaks out near scene of Cherokee shooting. The St. Louis Police Department arrests two.


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Picture from the scene of police entering the Business Incubator:

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The two women arrested are unrelated to the shooting. A fight broke out near the scene.

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From the police press conference: “The gentlemen who killed the other three people inside the office appeared to have an argument and opened fire with a weapon. The argument appeared to brief and we don’t know if it was from a prior thing that carried over today or was initiated today.”

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Police say the gun used in the murder/suicide was a semi-automatic handgun – they have it in their custody.

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Police say the victims are in their 40s-50s

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Business is a home health care business – been in building for 2 years, in that office 1 1/2 years

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Police: The shooter may be one of the business owners.

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Police have reviewed surveillance video to see what happened inside business

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According to Michael Sack with the St. Louis Police department, only the four victims were inside the business at the time of the shooting. Police are not aware of any prior incident to lead to the event. One witness heard gunfire and called 911.

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Several victims and the shooter are employees of a home healthcare business.

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Police found the shooting victims in an office on the floor.

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Witnesses saw a woman run out of the building with her shoes in hand. That woman and a man are now in a police vehicle at the scene.

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Shooting occurred at one business in the Cherokee Place Business Incubator.

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One witness was taken back inside with police.

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A witness reports that at one point three people were handcuffed. Police were questioning the men.

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A witness eating lunch across from the restaurant says he saw a woman run from the business.

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Police confirm four dead. Two men and two women.

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Police at the scene.

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The SWAT team has left the scene

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Homicide detectives are on the scene

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Photo taken from the news crew at the scene

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There are about a dozen police cars on the scene

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There is one EMT unit on the scene

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Police say that there is no active search for a shooter.

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The fire department has been called to the scene to treat multiple victims.