Three people were killed after a fire in St. Louis, the latest killings of a deadly year in a city with one of the highest homicide rates in the country.
Police spokeswoman Michelle Woodling said the shooting took place at approximately 1:45 pm. In the North St. Louis neighborhood of Walnut Park West.
Three victims were killed at the scene. Police presented conflicting reports about additional victims who were injured. A spokeswoman said two men were wounded and taken to a hospital, but an officer at the site said a man was wounded.
The names of the victims were not disclosed.
No arrests were made. The police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper that the shooting was caused by a conflict between two groups. The newspaper reported that a victim was found inside a car, and another was found between two cars, and the third was nearby.
Two women living near the scene said that they heard intermittent gunshots most of the day before hearing a hail of bullets.
“This is ridiculous,” Dennis West told the Post-Dispatch newspaper. “We shouldn’t live like this. We can’t even go to the grocery store.”
St. Louis has been among the most deadly cities in the country for many years, and in 2020 it is formed to be one of the worst recorded cities, with at least 153 deaths so far. The city saw 194 homicides in 2019.