ST. LOUIS – One man was shot Tuesday afternoon in St. Louis near an intersection within proximity of the Enterprise Center, police say. Police tell FOX 2 Wednesday that the victim is a 50-year-old man and the suspect is 34-years old. They have not released the identities of either person.
The shooting happened near South 14th Street and Clark Avenue. One man was shot and rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The shooting happened sometime during the 3 p.m. hour.
The victim told the police that he was able to disarm the man. He ended up with a graze wound to the head. He was taken to the hospital to be evaluated, but is expected to be OK.
Police were reportedly able to stop a person of interest as he was boarding a bus. A suspect was placed under arrest a short time after the shooting.
It’s unclear what led up to the shooting. Preliminary information indicates the victim and alleged gunman knew each other and were involved in a personal dispute prior to the shooting.
The shooting happened just a few hours before the St. Louis Blues host a game at the Enterprise Center against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Blues fan Shep Hyken said it’s been his experience that fans are safe arriving and departing games at the Enterprise Center. He said, “Anywhere you go, you have to be aware of what’s going on around you.”
Others fans arriving downtown before the Blues game tell FOX 2 they felt safe, despite the shooting.
“We are not afraid to come downtown,” said Jane Jostes. She said a visible police presence is something she and her husband notice and appreciate before and after Blues games.
Eloisa Varela was headed to Tuesday night’s game with friends. She said the shooting is not something that would cause her to stay home.
“It happens every day in St. Louis, but you still have to live your life,” Varela said.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says a firearm was recovered and indicated more information about the shooting will likely be available Wednesday.