ST. LOUIS – A double shooting in the Central West End claimed the lives of a young girl and an adult.
The shooting took place Sunday at 8 p.m. in the 4000 block of Laclede Avenue.
St. Louis police said the second victim in the shooting, a man between 25 and 35 years of age, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The child, 7-year-old Dmyah Fleming, was rushed to a nearby hospital but could not be saved.
Police said the victims were inside of a parked car when the shooting occurred. It is unclear if the victims were family members. Police said they believe the victims did know the shooter. They also said they don’t think there was a shootout of sorts at the scene.
The shooting happened in an area where there are several popular bars and restaurants.
“We were just in the house and we were right by the front window and we just heard probably about 5 or 6 gunshots –really, really loud – so I knew it that had to be like right next door or something like really, really close,” said Henry Schneider, who lives near the scene.
“The neighborhood is undergoing a tremendous resurgence and actually there seems to be very few incidents of crime. Just isolated events for the most part – at least in this immediate area,” New Market Hardware owner Steve Schneider said.
FOX 2 was told police may review surveillance video from the area to see if it can provide any clues.
Police said there are no suspects at this point.
Mayor Lyda Krewson tweeted a response to the event.
“Absolutely heartbroken tonight over the senseless killings of these two people — especially this young child caught up in a deadly dispute among adults. Prayers to their families and my thanks to @SLMPD investigators working the case. Tragic!”
This is a developing news story. FOX 2 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.
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Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371. To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).