ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A 19-year-old college student shot in a robbery attempt has died. Police say 19-year-old Robert Christman was shot in downtown St. Louis at approximately 12:45 a.m. Sunday. Detectives say he was inside a parked car in 700 block of N. 15th St. with a 19-year-old female, and a 17-year-old male.
Police say an unidentified gunman opened the back passenger door of the vehicle and ordered the female to hand over her purse.
"She offered some level of resistance," said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Captain Michael Sack. "At that time the front right passenger had said something. He had made some kind of remark and at that time the suspect filed a single shot at that front right passenger."
Sack said the victim was struck in the head by single gunshot. He said the other persons inside the car were not injured. The suspect left in a gray or silver-colored sedan.
"We had officers within a five to six block radius when this incident happened," said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Captain Michael Caruso.
He said downtown is the most heavily patrolled area of St. Louis. He said the department would review its strategies following this shooting, but doubts anything could have been done differently to prevent the shooting.
"Some criminals are just bolder than others," said Caruso.
News of the shooting spread quickly on social media. The victim is a college student and graduated from De Smet Jesuit High School. Many of his friends sent messages of support praying for his recovery.