BRIDGETON, MO – The Major Case Squad has been activated for a shooting at Matthews Park off Fee Fee Road in Bridegton near the Maryland Heights border.
Investigators say just after 6 p.m. Saturday evening, Bridgeton police got a call reporting shots fired in Matthews Park. When officers arrived, they found a male dead inside the park and another person with non-life-threatening injuries in the park. A third person later walked into an emergency room with non-life-threatening injuries from that shooting.
The deceased victim has been identified as 37-year-old Leroy D. Allen of north St. Louis County.
Around 7 p.m. Bridgeton police contacted the Major Case Squad which was activated. At this point, no one is in custody. But there was a large gathering at Matthew’s Park. Police say there is no indication how many suspects were involved or if they’re still in the area. But witnesses say this is surprising for this neighborhood.
“I was working on the yard today and I went inside to take a quick break that’s when I heard the shots then I saw six cop cars go by and an ambulance heading towards the park I saw they had someone pulled over,” said one resident.
“There were three or four cars there and some gentleman got out and said where you walking to and I said we’re walking back to the playground and they said sorry it’s been rented out for the day and I just said okay. I felt a little uneasy but just the way they’re saying the entire park had been rented out I can understand a pavilion whatever, “said one resident in the park.
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