ST. LOUIS – Homicide detectives are searching for the suspect in a fatal shooting at a Dollar General Store Thursday afternoon. The store is located at the corner of Grand and Kossuth.
The suspect is male with a medium build, wearing a baseball cap with a red bill, dark blue hooded sweatshirt, purple or blue sweatpants, and sunglasses. He had a black and silver handgun with an extended magazine. He was last seen running south.
According to witnesses, the suspect walked into this store, told the workers he was going to rob the store and fired several shots. One of those shots hit the worker.
When police arrived, the victim, a 40-year-old man, was not conscious and was not breathing. Homicide detectives were called to the scene.
Dollar General released the following statement Thursday evening in response to the killing:
"The Dollar General family is deeply saddened and heartbroken over the tragic loss of our employee in St. Louis on Thursday. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with our employee’s family during this difficult time.
"The store is currently closed until further notice and grief counselors will be available for area employees. Dollar General and its Employee Assistance Foundation are also looking for ways to best support the family at this time.
"At Dollar General, the safety of our employees and customers is a top priority, and we employ a number of safety and security procedures to prevent, deter and, if necessary, respond to criminal activity in our stores. To protect the integrity of these measures, we do not comment on them specifically.
"We are cooperating with local authorities investigating this crime and ask for any future media inquiries to be directed to law enforcement as to not hinder their investigation."
Call Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477) if you have any information regarding this incident or suspect. You can remain anonymous.