Innocent bystander shot in shoulder while at downtown bar

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Frightening moments early this morning at a popular downtown restaurant and bar when a bullet from across the street hits a patron. Fortunately, the victim survived.

Police say the man who was shot is 22 years old. He was a total innocent victim and was hit in the left shoulder.  Investigators say the man was in the outside patio bar area of the Broadway Oyster Bar at Broadway and Gratiot when he was hit about 2am. The shot apparently came from across the street.

St. Louis police say the suspect was walking across the parking lot of a White Castle across the street from the bar firing off shots.  Investigators say the suspect was seen getting into a red Chevy Monte Carlo and speeding away from the area.

The victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He was treated and released. Nobody else was hit or hurt.

The suspect is only described as a black man in his early 20`s wearing a white t-shirt and white pants.

Earlier, FOX 2 found a shell casing in the White Castle parking lot. It's unclear if the casing has any connection to the violence this morning.