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HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) – The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis arrested three men in connection with the shooting death of a woman riding in a car on Interstate 270 in Hazelwood.

Prosecutors charged 21-year-old Tony Terron Bailey, 24-year-old Jerrod Corley, and 20-year-old Larry Coleman with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, assault, and shooting from a vehicle. Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall described the three suspects as "a crime spree from here to Illinois."

The fatal shooting took place around 2 a.m. on Sunday, February 21 in the eastbound lanes of I-270 near N. Lindbergh Boulevard. Someone fired shots from a black Mercedes at a Jeep, striking 37-year-old Emma Wallace of Centralia, Illinois. Wallace was in the front passenger seat of the jeep. Another woman and two men in the Jeep were seriously wounded.

The Mercedes was recovered shortly after the shooting on Target Drive in north county. Police said it had been stolen in a carjacking in Sauget.

Wallace and her friends were believed to have just left a north county nightclub when the shots were fired.

Chief Hall said this was not a random shooting, adding that the motive was a confrontation or disagreement between two individuals over the past year.

A fourth suspect remains at large, but Hall is confident Major Case Squad investigators will bring that person into custody.

Wallace worked as a hairdresser and was the mother of two boys, ages 11 and 16. Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Centralia.

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