Hundreds march to support wounded officer in south city

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Hundreds turned out to support for a St. Louis Police sergeant shot in the line of duty. Meanwhile, police are trying to determine if the shooter also committed other crimes.

Many marched Monday night about a mile from St. Gabriel Catholic Church where the wounded sergeant is a parishioner to the intersection of Hampton and Pernod in south city where the sergeant was shot Sunday night. They held up a blue ribbon along the route to show support for police. The rally took place about 24 hours after the sergeant was shot twice in the face while just sitting inside his marked Chevy Tahoe.

Among those on hand for the march, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay. The march ended with a moment of silence and the crowd singing let there be peace on earth.

As that event unfolded, police continued to investigate if the man who investigators say shot the sergeant may have committed other crimes.

The suspect, 19-year-old George P Bush III lived in south city on Landsdowne, was killed in a shootout with police hours after the sergeant was shot. Investigators say Bush and the group he associated with may be behind several recent violent crimes in our area. Among them, two carjackings including one that involved a shooting; the robbery and shooting of a woman at a Fenton Dennys; and two murders including possibly the killing of MaggieO`Briens owner Pat McVey.

One source tells us it could be a stretch to connect bush with the McVey killing.

Those inquiries are all still ongoing.