Residents on edge after woman is murdered in south St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis Metropolitan Police continued to search for several suspects Saturday wanted for violent crimes committed on Friday and Saturday.

A homicide on Pennsylvania in south St. Louis City took the life of a 37-year-old woman.  Residents heard a loud argument followed by gunshots.  Officers found her body in the street.  She had been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police describe the suspect in the murder as a black male, six feet tall and approximately 200 pounds.  He was wearing a dark-colored hooded jacket, slacks and brown work boots.

Neighbor Ricky Abercrombie said hearing gunfire is common place.  "You're used to hearing the shots so your best bet is to probably stay inside, you know, 'cause you don't want to get caught, you know, in people's business.”

The young man agreed it was not a good way to live, but indicated it may be a necessary choice.  “People make their own decisions you know, so I say make your living on your own, take care of your family. That's the best I can, you know, give the world," he added.

Police are looking for two other men who fired at victims.  One man was shot in the hand when someone fired from a BMW 745 at the intersection of North Kingshighway and Bircher.  A 62-year-old man walking to a corner store on Lee in North St. Louis was struck by a bullet in his back.  He is in critical but stable condition.  A 26-year-old male parked nearby in a car escaped injury even though the gunman fired at his vehicle.  He drove out of the area and contacted police.

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