ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Police and the bomb and arson unit are investigating after a laundromat goes up in flames hours after man was shot and killed at the same location. The late Tuesday night shooting at the laundromat has been ruled as a homicide.
The fatal shooting happened in the 8800 block of North Broadway at a St. Louis laundromat Tuesday at around 9pm. Detectives say a 27-year-old man was shot twice in his upper body while seated inside his car. After being shot, the man entered the business and collapsed. He later died at the hospital. There is no word on suspects or a motive . The man's name has not been released.
Then at around 3am Wednesday firefighters were called to the same laundromat for a fire in the garage attached to the business. Customers at the laundromat old police they heard gunshots, then smelled smoke, and saw flames.
Detectives say their investigation revealed an accelerant was used to start the fire. Residents in the area find the news alarming.
"It's very unnerving to hear that something would happened so close to home. This laundromat is very important to the people. They need this laundromat because of the location so they can come here and do their clothes because this is the closest laundromat within miles from here. We try to council one another, and we pray for each other, but the violence definitely needs to stop." said Rev. Cameron Latham.
St. Louis City Police say the investigation into whether these two incidents are connected is ongoing. Please call CrimeStoppers if you have any information at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477) or visit: http://stlrcs.org/