Police find victim of St. Louis’ 14th homicide in a vacant lot

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- St. Louis City Police and homicide detectives have yet another murder on their hands this morning.

Around 11p.m. Tuesday night, Hasani Johnson a 20-year-old African American male was found in a vacant lot between Marcus Avenue and North Euclid. Authorities say the man had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect is a 19-year-old black male.  Police say the victim  was driving with two others at Tuesday night when they noticed a red Dodge Neon following them.  They say the suspect got out of the car and started firing shots at them.  The 19-year-old has an on-going feud with the victim.  Police have identified the suspect and are still looking for him.

This latest killing brings the total number of homicides so far this year to 14 in the City of St. Louis. Half of those happened in a 24 hour period in last Wednesday into Thursday. Arrests have been made in some of the cases.

The violence this year follows the city`s 159 murders in 2013.

Chief of Police Sam Dotson is set to address the city`s Public Safety Committee later Wednesday.



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