Shooting in St. Louis kills 1, injures 10 young people

Published: Jun. 18, 2023 at 5:40 AM PDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2023 at 7:03 PM PDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV/Gray News) - Police reported an overnight shooting in downtown St. Louis that left 10 people injured and one person dead, KMOV reports.

Officials say a total of 10 juveniles were reported shot and one juvenile was trampled.

Makao Moore, 17, has been identified as the person killed in the shooting.

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting took place at 14th and Washington Avenue around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning. Police say the shooting took place inside an office building. It is believed the space was being used for a planned party.

Chief Robert Tracy with the department said officers were already in the area during the shooting acting as patrols and guiding traffic 100 feet from the building when the officers witnessed people quickly leaving the building where the shooting took place.

Police say a juvenile suspect is currently in custody.

According to KMOV, the victims injured are:

  • A 19-year-old male was shot in the arm, groin and legs
  • A 19-year-old male was shot in the back
  • An 18-year-old male was shot in the left side and legs
  • A 17-year-old male was grazed by a bullet to the face and treated by paramedics at the scene
  • A 16-year-old female was shot in the leg
  • A 16-year-old female was shot in the lower back
  • A 16-year-old female was grazed by gunfire to the ankle
  • A 15-year-old was grazed by gunfire to her left side
  • A 15-year-old suffered gunshot wounds to her right arm, left knee, and right ankle
  • A 17-year-old female was trampled while running from the scene and is reported as having serious injuries to her spine

Police say the scene investigation revealed multiple shell casings from multiple firearms, with multiple firearms being recovered from the building including an AR-style rifle and handguns found in the suspect’s possession.

A homicide unit is investigating the incident.

In response to the shooting, in a press conference, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones said:

“Make no mistake: The violence these young people experienced last night is intolerable and unacceptable. SLMPD’s summer detail responded quickly to the scene. But officers respond after the shooting starts: We, as a city, as a community, and as an entire region, must offer our youth more safe spaces before things escalate into dangerous late-night parties in office buildings. A police response alone is not enough to keep our youth out of harm’s way, and the City is expanding our youth program options at our recreation centers to give them more places to go and have fun. With young people traveling from as far as Jefferson County to Downtown on the weekends, I hope our civic, nonprofit, corporate, and philanthropic partners in our region will match or exceed our efforts and recognize the urgency of this moment.”