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Suspect ID’d in quadruple shooting that left three dead

ST. LOUIS - Investigators with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department have identified the man they say is responsible for a triple homicide earlier this month in north city that also left a 7-year-old girl critically injured.

According to Leah Freeman, a police spokeswoman, the shooting occurred June 1 around 3:50 p.m. in the 4900 block of Beacon Avenue; that's in the Walnut Park East neighborhood.

The victims were sitting in a car when they were shot. Two men, 27-year-old Derrick Irving and 37-year-old Julian Hayes,  were pronounced dead at the scene. A woman, 24-year-old Jessica Garth, was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A 7-year-old was shot in the head and remains hospitalized. A 5-year-old girl, who was also inside the vehicle, was not injured in the shooting, Freeman said.

On Friday, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office charged 28-year-old Jerome Leon Buress Jr. with three counts of first-degree murder, six counts of armed criminal action, two counts of first-degree assault, one count of shooting a firearm from a motor vehicle, and one count of witness tampering.

Anyone with information on Buress' whereabouts is asked to contact their local police department or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.