OAKVILLE, Mo. – St. Louis County Police have released new information regarding an overnight fatal shooting at an Oakville apartment complex. However, people at the complex dispute the department’s claims.
According to Sgt. Benjamin Granda, a county police spokesman, the shooting happened just before 2:10 a.m. in the 2800 block of Blackforest Drive. Officers responded to a burglary in progress and found a 27-year-old man had been shot. Officers attempted to save the man’s life but he later died at a local hospital.
Granda said police learned the man, identified as Alex Mitchell, was trying to break into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment when he was shot. The ex-girlfriend had screamed for help and a neighbor heard her. The neighbor armed himself and went out to confront Mitchell.
The woman who lived inside the apartment said Mitchell lived in the apartment with her and said he was not trying to rob her. The neighbor ultimately shot Mitchell during the ordeal, Granda said. The neighbor is cooperating with investigators and has, thus far, not been charged with a crime.
A neighbor who spoke with FOX 2 said Mitchell lived in the apartment, along with the woman’s baby. The neighbor said they heard “constant fighting” but “this never should have gotten this bad.”
The neighbor said there are six children total that live in the apartment complex. Another person who lives in the neighborhood said she’s heard gunshots before in the area, but this was concerning.
“I think that there is no place safe anymore, especially with the ongoing violence in St. Louis and St Louis County, and I think that a lot of people are on their guard,” the neighbor said. “There’s a lot of families, a lot of young children, very young toddlers, and they should definitely be aware of this.”