Line cutting incident at St. Louis Hills gas station ends in gunfire

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A family's peaceful night in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood of south city was shattered by gunfire Thursday night. Police said they’re looking for three male suspects.

Investigators traced it all back to the BP gas station at Hampton and Loughborough, and a situation people said shouldn't have ended with bullets flying.

A bullet came through the window of an apartment home in the 6200 block of Nagel shortly after 10:30 p.m. It hit the kitchen cabinet and fell to the floor, a resident told Fox 2 News.

It startled the family of three inside. The mother was in the bathroom, her husband and daughter had already gone to bed.

“It’s scary,” said neighbor Mirzeta Hadzic, who lives a couple of apartments away with her husband.

Hadzic and her husband came home after the shooting and noticed the broken glass, but never suspected gunfire.

“I see my neighbor at his window. I say, ‘Oh, what happened?’ I did not talk to him. I just saw it. I thought maybe he was fixing it or something, I don’t know,” Hadzic said.

It started at the BP station a few blocks away.

According to investigators, the suspects jumped in the front of the line inside the store and then slammed a squeegee on a man’s windshield outside. The suspects drove away in a black Mercedes, but a witness followed them in his truck. One of the suspects started shooting, striking the truck and that kitchen window.

“That’s pitiful. You should feel safe at home at least,” said Dorothy Sierra, a store customer. “When you go to the store you should be able to feel safe, too. That’s messed up, really messed up.”

Police described the suspects as three Caucasian men, ages 20 to 25, between 5’11” and 6’0” tall; one suspect had a Mohawk haircut and was wearing a red jacket.

If you have any information on the men’s identities or whereabouts, you’re asked to contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

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