St. Louis trash truck struck by gunfire

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ST. LOUIS - A garbage truck driver for the City of St. Louis got quite a scare Tuesday morning when someone fired shots at her truck, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said.

According to a police spokesperson, the incident occurred around 10 a.m. near the intersection of Shreve and Calvin avenues; that's in the Penrose neighborhood. The driver was picking up trash in the south alley when she heard gunshots. After realizing her truck was struck, she left the area to seek help.

Police said the truck driver suffered a a minor injury from broken glass and refused medical treatment.

Three bullet holes could be seen in the front windshield.

"There's gunfire in this area all the time, so it's kind of surprising when you hear about a trash truck getting shot up," said Joe Garvin, who lives on Calvin Avenue.

Trash is picked up on Tuesdays in the neighborhood. Business owners and residents said it's not unusual to hear gunfire in this neighborhood, but they were surprised it happened during the day.

"It's strange in the daytime. It's starting to happen a lot in the city, but I don't understand," said Cyndi Thomas, owner of Cyndi's Jointe Barber and Beauty Shop, located on Shreve Avenue.

Investigators would not say if the trash truck was targeted in the shooting.

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