LADUE, MO (KPLR) - Authorities are investigating after a woman was found shot outside of a Ladue Schnucks grocery store Tuesday morning. A 'person of interest' was later found dead.
Around 5:00am, a Ladue, MO police officer, who was patrolling nearby, heard gunfire coming from the area of the store at Clayton Road and Lindbergh Boulevard, not far from I-64. Upon arrival, the officer found a woman on the ground near the front door. She had been shot multiple times. She was treated at the scene before being rushed to a nearby hospital.
The woman has been identified Kathleen Hutson, 50, a Schnucks employee. She lives in the city of St. Louis and had just arrived for work.
While responding, Ladue Police Lt. Ken Andreski says that the officer passed a man driving a minivan leaving the scene. His description was passed along to other police departments.
Around 7:00am, two employees of a business near Dale and Woodland Drive in Richmond Heights were walking to work when they spotted a minivan with a man slumped over inside. Richmond Heights police arrived the man dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. That man, Michael Hutson, 51,and the vehicle matched the description of the man leaving the Ladue scene.
Kathleen Hutson is listed in critical but stable condition. She has had at least one surgery. Police have not yet been able to speak with her about what happened.
Police describe the incident as domestic. The pair is married but believed to be estranged. They drove to Schnucks in separate vehicles. Ladue police believe Michael Hutson lived either in south St. Louis County or northern Jefferson County, MO. No one else was targeted in this incident.
Ladue police praised the quick action of their officer in responding to the sound of gunshots.
The Schnucks store has surveillance cameras inside to store, but not outside in the parking lot. Other store employees have spoken with investigators. Police encourage anyone who may have been in the area to contact them.
Schnucks issued the following statement:
"We are seeing to the needs of our teammates at our Schnucks location at 10275 Clayton Road following a shooting incident on the store parking lot at about 5:00 this morning. The safety and well-being of all our teammates is our top priority. We have our human resources team assisting at the scene with our other teammates to make sure they are being cared for during this difficult time. The store is closed as the investigation continues, and we are offering authorities any assistance we can. For any other details, please contact the Ladue Police.
The store was not open to the public at the time of the shooting. They opened their doors around 9:00am after the scene had been investigated.