Suspect charged in north city murder, shooting

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Adrian Washington

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged a 31-year-old man in connection with a double shooting and murder from last month.

According to Leah Freeman, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the incident took place January 18 around 9:25 p.m. in the 5000 block of W. Florissant Avenue.

Officers responded to calls of a shooting and found one victim, identified as 21-year-old Antoine Bland, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the neck. Bland was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second victim was located in a vehicle with gunshot wounds to the head and buttocks. He was rushed to the hospital and is listed in stable condition, Freeman said.

Two other people were in the vehicle with the victims at the time of the shooting. They were uninjured.

Investigators said Bland drove the other three men to the location to meet two people to complete a drug deal. Officers at the scene found what they believed to be heroin inside Bland’s vehicle.

After Bland was shot outside the vehicle, one of the suspects got into his car. The second victim pulled out a gun of his own and attempted to shoot the suspect. The two men exchanged gunfire and the second victim was wounded.

Following a lengthy investigation, police apprehended Adrian Washington for the shooting. He was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action. Washington remains jailed without bond.