Three shot, one dead after memorial at north St. Louis community center

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - It was a tragedy compounded in North St. Louis Friday afternoon.

Family and friends gathered just after Sherrod White, 27, was laid to rest.  Barrages of gunfire erupted at the repast; a gathering for food, prayer, and fellowship at around 2:30.  Minutes later another man was dead.  At least one more man was critically wounded.

People had gathered at the New Northside Family Life Center on Goodfellow north of West Florissant.  There 40 to 60 rapid-fire shots in 3 separate barrages, witnesses said.  It appeared the gunmen were waiting for people to arrive from the cemetery.

The victims were in their 20’s, family members said.  One of them was Sherrod White’s cousin.  He survived, his aunts said.  A third victim went to a hospital on his own, friends and family said. St. Louis Police had yet to confirm that.

Police handcuffed a man and put him into a police van at the scene but were still looking for suspects. Police have not yet released the victims’ names.

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