Suspect charged in Ballpark Village killing, still at large
Update: Scotty Joseph Lee has turned himself in at the homicide division at St. Louis City Police headquarters.
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office filed charges against a man in connection with a double shooting at Ballpark Village over the weekend, though he remains at large, police said.
Prosecutors charged 32-year-old Scotty Joseph Lee with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of armed criminal action.
The shooting occurred just after 8 p.m. Sunday on the rooftop of the Budweiser Brewhouse during an “Eat, Drink, Chill” event.
Corey Hall was at Ballpark Village celebrating his birthday when he and another person were shot. Hall was rushed to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. He died a short time later. He was 38.
The second victim in the shooting suffered a gunshot wound to the pelvis.
Witnesses identified Lee as the shooter, adding that Lee admitted to firing shots at the event.
During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, police said they were unsure if Lee was in the St. Louis area of if he had gone to Texas. Police are reviewing surveillance video from the night of the shooting.
Investigators do not believe this was a random act of violence.
Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III spoke with the media Monday, saying “hearts are broken” over the incident. He said that events at the venue have a high level of security, but this shows things can still happen “no matter how diligent you are.” DeWitt said that metal detectors for private events would be considered, along with additional security cameras.
Ballpark Village was developed by the St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies and sits directly across the street from Busch Stadium.
Anyone with information on Lee’s whereabouts is asked to contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at 314-444-5371 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.