ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis police are looking for a suspect who killed a man he couldn’t see: a 29-year-old cab driver shot through a narrow window along-side his front door. Here’s FOX2’s Andy Banker with why neighbors say this crime makes no sense.
Christina Grandcolas, Victim’s Neighbor: It`s the one next to it with the wood stair rail
Nick Grandcolas, Victim’s Neighbor Neighbor: 3rd house up from the corner.
Sadly, everyone knows the house now, with the shattered glass alongside the front door.
Police say someone killed 29-year-old Ibsa Alemu around 4 am Saturday morning, shooting through the glass as he stood inside his house at Holly Hills and Alabama.
Christina Grandcolas, Victim’s Neighbor: Left side of the door, shattered, hole right in the middle.
Nick Grandcolas, Victim’s Neighbor: Rally nice guy, real friendly, shake your hand.
He says Alemu, an African immigrant, with a heavy accent stopped by this neighborhood bar across the street from his house for a drink Friday night, but didn`t stay long.
Gary Warner, “The Little Bar”: And then the next we thing know, first thing in the morning, everything`s on the news, that he`d been shot.
His boss said he`d been a cab driver in St. Louis for about 5 years; his cab still parked at the house neighbors say where Nick Grandcolas`s mother used to live, which Alemu was renovating for his wife and young daughter.
Christina Grandcolas, Victim’s Neighbor: She was a real cute little girl.
Nick Grandcolas, Victim’s Neighbor: I`m devastated with what happened to my mom`s house. When we walked over there, it really shook me up to see bullet holes in the front door.
Andy Banker: There is great sadness here for the victim and his loved ones. But it`s also troubling on another level. There is that one detail: as a neighbor put it ‘he was shot through his front door window before he could even open the door. He didn`t stand a chance’.
Christina Grandcolas, Victim’s Neighbor: it just kind of makes you wonder what was really going on and if he even knew that something was going on he could have not been aware of.
Gary Warner: Everybody was upset about it because this is a real friendly place. People in here, they feel like everybody`s their family. Everybody liked him.
There`s no known motive, no suspects.
If you have any information call Crimestoppers at 866-371-8447 (tips). You may qualify for $1000 dollar reward. You don’t have to leave your name.
Andy Banker, FOX2 news.