ST. LOUIS – A deadly shooting in Carondelet early this morning has neighbors calling for change.
Police are focusing their investigation around a vehicle that was parked on the street. It had several bullet holes in it.
“This is a great neighborhood and it’s just sad that a few people are really dragging down the neighborhood,” said one resident who didn’t want to be identified.
Flashing lights illuminate the early morning in Carondelet as police investigate the shooting of four people in the 5200 block of Tennessee, where one died and 3 others suffered gunshot wounds.
“You can expect this anywhere anymore in St. Louis. The gunfire and the guns are just really out of hand,” said long-time resident Vickie Fothen.
This fatal shooting marks 144 murders in St. Louis this year.
That’s up from 123 homicide at this point last year.
“And they’re killing children along with everything else,” said Fothen.
Neighbors fear the problems here are becoming more frequent.
“On Monday there was a domestic disturbance and I believe someone might’ve gotten shot and they were taken away in an ambulance. On Wednesday there was another shooting and then there’s this one that just happened. Police say they believe it’s involved with the other shootings and it’s all the same people right across the street,” said a neighbor.
A problem they say needs to be addressed before it forces them out of their community.
“Increasing drive-by patrols and just keeping an eye on things. And quickly getting here when we call them about something that’s going on because I have some neighbors tell me that I’ve called five times in the last two weeks about drug deals going on and they’re not doing anything about it,” said a neighbor.
“I think it’s getting time to move,” says Fothen.
Police ask that if you have any information about this crime to give them a call or you can always call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).