Three in custody after man shot in downtown St. Louis at Tucker and Spruce

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ST. LOUIS – A man was shot in the back in downtown St. Louis late Thursday afternoon.

According to Officer Michelle Woodling, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting took place just before 5:50 p.m. near the intersection of Tucker Boulevard and Spruce Street.

Police closed the intersection during their investigation.

Two vehicles were involved in the shooting: a white sedan and a black sedan. Both vehicles were traveling south on Tucker when the shooting began. People in the black sedan opened fire on the white vehicle.

Police located the black sedan minutes after the shooting and pursued the vehicle. The sedan crashed at Compton and Olive and police took three people into custody. Police said they found multiple weapons in the car.

Police suspect there could be a fourth person involved and they’re looking for that individual.

At a news conference Thursday night, police said the shooting was an isolated incident and the suspects appeared to know the victim.

The white sedan had been reported stolen March 19 from the 1500 block of Lafayette.

The victim, the only person in the white sedan, had been shot in the back three times but was conscious and breathing when police arrived. He was taken to an area hospital.

Two other vehicles were struck by stray bullets but no other injuries were reported.

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