ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police are investigating a string of shootings that left 19 people shot and four dead.
There have been at least 63 homicides in St. Louis City this year. That’s close to the same total as this time last year, despite the coronavirus outbreak.
The shootings happened just hours apart across the city.
The first deadly shooting happened just before 10 p.m. on Saturday. Homicide detectives responded to a call for a double shooting and found 36-year-old Robert Cannon in the 5300 block of Cote Brilliante in north St Louis. He had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Just 30 minutes later, 15-year-old Malik Valley was shot in the 3900 block of Evans. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Around 12:20 a.m. Sunday, police found the body of a man in his 50s shot multiple times in a car in the area of North Garrison and Montgomery.
Two hours later, police got a call for a double shooting that left two people in their 20s dead in the 900 block of South Broadway.
Community leaders would like to know when will the violence end.
“We have to think where we are in terms of what it is we want to change and focus on what is going on in our communities,” said Alderman Brandon Bosley (Ward 3).
Mayor Lyda Krewson released a statement about the violence:
“I am outraged over the shootings and violence that have occurred over this Memorial Day Weekend. Too many guns. Too much anger. Too many sad families. A sad, tragic beginning to Summer. Please, no further retaliation. Put down the guns.”
Anyone with information about any of these shootings should call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.