Updated with name of victim, details on homicide rate tying record high
ST. LOUIS — A Cahokia man was fatally shot late Sunday night at a bar on the city’s north side, and St. Louis’ homicide rate this year has now tied a record high.
William Edwards, 36, was shot multiple times inside Bernie’s Place Lounge & Restaurant, 1930 North Ninth Street. Edwards died inside the bar. The shooting occurred about 10:45 p.m. Sunday.
As police were investigating his death, a 28-year-old woman identified as the suspect showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to her arm. Police took her into custody after she was treated.
Authorities did not release information about what led to the shooting or how the woman was injured.
The bar is in the Near North Riverfront neighborhood of St. Louis, where the number of violent crimes in the last six months is nearly the same as a year ago.
As of Monday morning, there were 207 homicides for the year in St. Louis, compared with 158 during the same time last year.
St. Louis’ homicide count is now at a 25-year high. There were 248 in 1994 and the highest number of people killed in a single year was 267 in 1993.
Its rate of homicides — 69 per 100,000 residents — ties the record high, set in 1993 when the population was about 387,000. The city’s population has dropped by more than 86,000 since then, which is why a smaller homicide total can yield a higher rate.
2020 St. Louis area homicide map: Click the top left corner of the map to see a list of homicides by date. Then, click the date for a summary of what happened.
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