ST. LOUIS – A South St. Louis gas station and convenience store became a murder scene after a man was shot and killed. Police have identified the victim as Christopher Barnhill, 43, of St. Louis.
Nobody is in custody at this hour in connection with the city’s latest murder. Police do appear to have some possible leads on potential persons of interest as the search for the killer or killers unfolds. This all took place in the parking lot of a ‘Motomart’ gas station and convenience store at Chippewa and Jefferson in South St. Louis. That’s in the Gravois Park neighborhood.
The police got the call just after 7 p.m. Authorities told FOX 2 that when officers arrived at the scene, they found a man shot in the stomach. He was on the ground in the Motomart parking lot, outside a car. The police added that he was not conscious or breathing at the time.
EMS crews rushed the man to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. From the scene video, a car door was open, and at least one evidence marker just outside of it could be seen. Those evidence markers typically indicate things like shell casings.
Police at the scene Sunday night revealed that they were looking for two persons of interest who, they say, ran off after the shooting. We’re told the two may have known the victim. The victim’s name has not yet been released.
Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation into the case.