Police said that one person was killed and another was wounded after a shooting at a shopping center in the suburb of St. Louis.
Police said the person who died had been identified as a man in his early twenties. It was not immediately clear how old the person was injured.
The suspect is still at large.
A St. Louis County police spokesman told a news conference that although it was believed that the event was initially an active shooting situation, more investigations have shown that this is not the case.
Police said two groups were involved “in conflict” at the St. Louis Galleria business center in Richmond Heights, before the shooting, around 12:30 pm. Local time.
No other details have been provided about the conflict and the police are working to determine if there is a relationship between the groups.
The authorities are searching for someone they described as an important person.
The spokesman said it was “extremely important” to get to know and arrest this person.
“We need to identify this person as soon as possible,” he said.
The police are also searching for three or four other individuals who were in the group with the person in question. Police believe they fled on foot.
St. Louis County Police remained on the scene along with many other judicial authorities.
We urge the public to avoid the area and expect to close the mall for today. The police indicated that there is no known threat to others.