Quadruple shooting in Walnut Park East leaves three dead

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Homicide detectives with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a quadruple shooting Thursday in a north city neighborhood.

According to Leah Freeman, a police spokeswoman, the shooting occurred near the corner of Lillian and Beacon avenues around 4 p.m.

Two men in their mid to late 20s were pronounced dead at the scene. A woman was taken to a hospital and succumbed to gunshot wounds late Thursday evening, according to our news partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A seven-year-old girl sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was rushed to a local hospital.

Lt. Col Jerry Leyschock and his fellow officers were disturbed by all the violence.

“It’s horrific for all of us. We are all veteran policemen; it’s the worst,” Leyschock said.

Two vehicles were involved in the incident. One body was in the street, another on the sidewalk. It appeared one car had plowed into a parked car. Dozens of officers converged on the scene.

“We’re combing this (scene) for every little piece of evidence we can get and, of course, we're looking for any witnesses," Leyschock said.

Witnesses seemed to be few and far between. They could be the key to solving this case, but no one has talked with police.

“It’s of paramount importance. I want to solve this. We have families at stake, we have neighborhood residents out here, it’s way too dangerous," Leyschock said. "It’s in the middle of the day; I hope if someone sees it and they get in touch with us.”

Neighborhood residents said the sound of gunfire is not uncommon in Walnut Park East. This incident follows a triple shooting at Lillian and Goodfellow approximately a week ago. The bodies of two young men were discovered in Gregory J. Carter Park on the Friday heading into Memorial Day Weekend.

At last report police were not sure what the events were that led up to the homicides and shootings.​