SPANISH LAKE, Mo. – St. Louis County Police were called to the 1600 block of Redman Road at around 11:00 am for a report of a shooting. The Resurrection of Life church was holding a funeral for a murder victim this morning. The service was cancelled.
Police found a 22-year-old man with gunshot wounds at the scene. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.
The funeral was for William Cooper, 30, a man who was shot to death on April 5th in the Bevo neighborhood of South St. Louis. Certain people were asked not to attend, mourners said. The trouble started after they showed up, anyway.
Witnesses say that there was a rolling gun battle outside the funeral. St. Louis County Police say that several people were firing dozens of shots.
Mourners ran for safety. A woman told Fox 2 she damaged her car trying to escape the bullets. Nearby residents ran to check on their young children who were playing in their back yards.
Police say certain people who showed up to the service were asked to leave, a disturbance ensued, and multiple people fired shots.
The suspects were known to each other but there were no arrests as of early Friday evening, police said.
There was word on when Cooper’s funeral would be rescheduled. There has been an arrest for his murder.