ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Rapid gunfire shook a quiet neighborhood in Festus just before 1:30am. One resident woke up with the shooting victim, 30, banging on his door. The victim's mother told Fox 2 he’d been shot seven times. He’s still alive but it sure seems like someone's out to kill him. Someone knows ‘who’, someone knows ‘why’, police said, but no one was talking.
Flashing lights lit up North 9th street just before 1:30am – but the lights aren’t what woke up the neighbors.
“I thought somebody was kicking my door in. I heard 3, thump, thump, thump, like that,” neighbor, Tim Shelley said. “I felt the percussion from it. It didn’t set my house alarm off but my dogs started barking like crazy. So I went to the windows, I went ahead a got my weapon because I was scared.”
“We received numerous phone calls of multiple gunshots going off. When officers arrived they found a victim who had been shot several times,” said Festus Police Chief, Tim Lewis.
They found the victim across a field, laying in a driveway. He’d been banging on a resident’s door asking for help.
“[The resident] told him to just please just lay down, help’s coming,” Shelley said.
When help did come, the victim had little to say – except that he was at his friend’s house and about to leave in his friend’s car when a gunman walked up and opened fire.
“The victim is telling us he doesn’t know who did it. The friend says ‘I didn’t see anything. I just heard several noises and when came out there was the victim’,” Lewis said. “We think there’s more to the case…at this point we don’t have anything.”
The victim was an African American man. The only description of the gunman he gave police was that the gunman was also an African American man, police said. The victim's mother told Fox 2 he was recovering but refusing surgery.
Anyone with information should call Festus Police at (636) 937-3646.