WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. – One person is in custody Tuesday after a Webster Groves woman was shot the night before while laying on her bed.
The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Tuxedo Boulevard, according to Lt. Jillian McCoy, a spokeswoman for the Webster Groves Police Department.
The victim was on her bed when she was shot in the arm. She was rushed to a hospital and treated. Her injuries were not life-threatening.
Four shots were fired into the home, McCoy said.
Just after 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, police arrested a suspected shooter. Police claim this person had a firearm and 12 magazines containing several hundred rounds of ammunition in their possession.
This individual has not been formally charged. Police will soon present their investigation to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The victim’s neighbors have their suspicions. They say a man was squatting in the victim’s yard for some time and has caused chaos for the entire stretch of Tuxedo Blvd.
“Moved out of this home and then moved into an Airstream in the back of her home, living out of a tent,” neighbor Samantha Lander said.
According to Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, gun violence is getting worse in the county.
“We are seeing an influx of guns, more gun violence,” he said.
“As we report on more issues with mental health, people struggling with substance abuse, and then you add guns to it, it makes it a scary situation.”
The suspected shooter faces five different charges, including first-degree assault.
“We cannot accept this kind of reckless behavior,” Bell said.
The mayor and city council said they were uncomfortable addressing crime in Webster Groves during Tuesday night’s council meeting.
“It’s definitely scary for someone to think that there’s a bullet that could have went through my house with a small child,” Lander said.