ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The investigation into the shooting of an off-duty St. Louis City police officer continued Saturday. Detectives were still waiting to interview the 28-year old male officer. He had surgery Friday after he was shot multiple times while driving his personal vehicle north on North 25th Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood.
Police described the suspect as a black male in a grey vehicle who fired into the officer's car in the 3800 block of 25th St. It is not known yet if the officer, a four-year veteran who is also black, returned fire. His vehicle is being examined by police crime technicians.
Two residents who live less than a block from the shooting scene report gunfire is heard in the area on a weekly basis. Tiniki Steele said rival gang members might be firing at each other. "It is not people who live in the area; its people coming through the area," she added. Tina Bradford said she liked her neighbors but her house has been hit by gunfire three or four times since she moved in three years ago. Now she is moving to a different neighborhood.
Even though Steele hears gunfire two or three times a week in the area, she and her husband plan to remain living there with their children. Both women said the area had a problem with break-ins and home invasions several years ago. But a community effort to point out problem houses and demonstrate in front of them helped by prompting the residents to move away.
"We need more cameras in the neighborhood and we need better cameras because this is something that doesn't seem like it is gonna go away," Steele said. She is reluctant to let her children go outside and play or ride their bikes. "You never know when it's gonna take place."
Calls to Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr., who represents the area, were not returned.