Charges dismissed in deadly St. Louis gas station shooting

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ST. LOUIS – Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a man charged with fatally shooting one man and wounding another at a St. Louis gas station.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 22-year-old Shannon Taylor was set to go on trial this week on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

Taylor was accused of fatally shooting 28-year-old Gerald Alfred and wounding Emmanuel Wesseh in October 2017 at a Shell gas station. Charges documents say Taylor opened fire after Wesseh shoved him.

Taylor told police that Wesseh had fired a gun. But surveillance video showed that Wesseh and Alfred’s hands were empty.

A spokeswoman for Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, and Taylor’s lawyer declined comment.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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