ST. LOUIS (KTVI)- An overnight shooting takes place in the Soulard neighborhood, just hours before the kick-off of Mardi Gras events this weekend. Now police are trying to figure what led to the incident on Tenth Street not far from Shenandoah.
According to police, a man was shot in the abdomen. He was conscious when they arrived around 2:45am Saturday, telling them he was robbed by the two suspects. He was taken to the hospital and with non-life threatening injuries.
The shooting comes just hours before some of the biggest Mardi Gras events kickoff in the neighborhood. The Run For Your Beads 5K race is Saturday morning and the Taste of Soulard takes place both days this weekend.
Expect a large police presence in the area as Mardi Gras festivities kick into gear. Police have added video surveillance to the area this year, though the new camera is more than three blocks from where the overnight incident happened. On Friday, police warned people not to bring guns into the Soulard area.