Double shooting leaves one man dead; Police searching for suspects

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(KPLR)- St. Louis police are looking for a group of men Monday morning that are still on the loose after shooting two people. One of those victims is a young man who died on Sunday.

Police say a twenty-five-year-old man who was shot multiple times did not survive. A twenty-five-year-old female who was wounded in the leg  is expected to survive.  Police say a vehicle with several unknown males opened fire  Sunday afternoon as the victims left a store near the intersection of 19th Street at Ferry.

Family members say the murder victim was Mario Washington. A large group of people surrounded the crime scene Sunday afternoon. Some were grieving family members even tried to push through the crime tape to see their loved one.

"I just want to know what happened."

Family members say Washington was shot and killed as he turned around to help the female who was wounded. Police have not shared details of their investigation. Family members say Washington was just celebrating the birth of his child on Saturday night.
They can't understand why anyone would want to shoot and kill their loved one.

The victim's brother, Greg Washington says, "he was a good person I mean I don`t know why it`s just hatred they hating on him I mean they didn't know he wasn't no criminal nothing, no type of background record or nothing he was good dude I don`t understand why this happened like this."

Greg Washington is frustrated over a culture that feels gun violence is okay. He says if someone had a beef with his brother, there were other ways to settle a score.

"I don`t know why everything has to go about guns what happened to them fighting or in this case he just could have fought it out," said Washington.

According to the most recent statistics available from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the number of homicides in the city of St. Louis this year are up about 20 percent compared to last year.