ST. LOUIS – The reward has grown to $30,000 in the case of two seemingly random deadly shootings in University City and Brentwood over the weekend.
The first shooting happened just after 10:50 p.m. on Saturday in the 8200 block of Delmar Boulevard. Stanley and Barbara Goodkin were driving eastbound when they heard gunshots. The couple realized they’d been shot and drove to a hospital.
Barbara Goodkin died at the hospital the following day. She was 71.
The second incident occurred in the 8700 block of Eager Road around 11:45 p.m. Brentwood Police officers responded to a shooting at the parking lot of the Drury Inn and Bonefish Grill and discovered Zacharev shot to death. Zacharev was 58 and lived in Town and Country.
Investigators with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis confirmed a ballistics match from the two shootings. The crime scenes are about two miles from each other.
Investigators also released surveillance video of a potential suspect vehicle: a silver/metallic compact SUV near the scene of the shooting in University City.
Alexander Kourbatov, Dr. Zacharev’s attorney and long-time friend, has shed new information on the night his friend was killed.
According to Kourbatov, Zacharev had taken an Uber ride from St. Louis-Lambert International Airport to the Bonefish Grill on Eager Road in Brentwood. Zacharev had just returned from Miami, Florida, he said.
Zacharev had come to the St. Louis area from Minsk, Belarus, about 30 years ago, according to Kourbatov.
“You always knew when he was in the room. He was always entertaining, full of life, very positive, never ever mean-spirited in any way or fashion. He was a very generous person. He always offered to help people in need,” Kourbatov said.
Zacharev was an American success story: knowing little English when he arrived, completing his residency at Saint Louis University Hospital, then teaching at SLU, Kourbatov said.
Dr. Zacharev had been an anesthesiologist at DePaul Hospital. He was employed at Christian Hospital in north St. Louis County when he was killed.
“He was the person who would come to you and say, ‘Hey, are you doing well? Do you need my help? Can I do anything for you?’ He would volunteer this and would not be a stranger to somebody in need,” Kourbatov said. “I cannot imagine who would have any ill will toward them. It’s a tragedy.”
Kourbatov does not believe Dr. Zacharev and the Goodkins knew each other.
The Major Case Squad and the University City Police Department are conducting a joint investigation and are requesting anyone with information about these incidents to call the University City Police Department at 314-725-2211 (ext. 8010), the Brentwood Police Department at 314-963-6708, or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477). You do not have to leave your name to get the reward.