ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Authorities responded to reports of a fatal shooting on Interstate 170 Monday afternoon near the Olive Boulevard exit in Olivette.
The incident shut down the southbound lanes on the interstate for nearly four hours. The southbound lanes reopened as rush hour calmed down just before 7 p.m.
Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX flew over the scene Monday and captured investigators taking pictures of a black SUV in the middle of the interstate with what appeared to be a bullet hole through the passenger side window.
Police found the victim, a 46-year-old woman, in the SUV with a gunshot wound to her upper torso. She was rushed to a hospital where she later died.
The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was called in to assist with the investigation.
Police received initial reports of gunfire between two speeding cars on southbound I-170 near around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon; there was no mention of the 46-year-old victim’s SUV in those first calls to police.
The gunfire may have begun even north of Page, one investigator said.
The victim’s name has not been released, pending notification of family members.