Search Continues for Suspects in Two Murders

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - There is still no one in custody after the first two homicides of the New Year in St. Louis City.  Two men died within an hour of each other.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police said several people heard shots on Kensington Place near the old Hodiamont streetcar tracks in North St. Louis City.  The witnesses called 911 at 6:02 Thursday evening.  Police soon found a 20-year-old man shot in the chest in an apartment.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Officers are not sure who shot him.  They said they are not even sure if the young man was shot in the apartment.  The victim may have been shot somewhere else.
Several witnesses called 911 after hearing shots, at 6:59 p.m., in South St. Louis City.  Police rushed to a beauty supply store on South Grand near Keokuk, and found two Middle Eastern men who had been shot after an altercation with a black male suspect.  They were both employees at the store.  A 23-year-old victim did not survive his gunshot wound to the head.  Paramedics rushed a 30-year-old victim to the hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.  His status was later upgraded to stable.  

According to the police command post, homicide detectives would not immediately comment on a possible motive in the South City murder.  There is no further word on the identities of the victims or the suspects.

There is a bit of irony in the North-City shooting.  That young man was killed on the 5100 block of Kensington, the same block that was the setting for the popular 1944 movie, "Meet Me in St. Louis".

If you have any information on these cases, you are being urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).  You can also submit a tip online at  

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