According to police, fire crews responded to a house fire around 7 p.m. in the 10800 block of Spring Garden. When they got there, smoke was coming from a vacant home with boarded-up windows. Crews put out the small fire and found a man dead in the basement while looking for other fires on the property.
Police said the man had been shot at least once. The victim has been identified as Ryan Bowers, 26, who lived in the 1800 block of Elkins.
Residents in the area said there has been a lot of arson in the neighborhood recently. They said last year a car was set on fire in the driveway of the same house where the fire was Thursday.
The Crimes Against Persons Unit and Bomb and Aron are investigating. Contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS(8477) if you have any information regarding the incident.