KINLOCH — After the first shots went off Friday evening around dinner time, Zach Bain dove for the floor of his refurbished apartment. He eventually pulled himself up to a window and looked out.
What he saw at a park across the street was “a full-out gang war” that erupted in the middle of a large outdoor party.
“It was about 15 or 20 minutes of shooting,” Bain, 27, said by phone Saturday.
By his estimate, there were a dozen guns going off.
“And tons of rounds, man,” he said. “They were letting it go. There was an M-16. One guy looked like he had an AK. I don’t know.”
Police confirmed two men died after the shooting, which happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Friday near the 5500 block of Mable Avenue.
No shooting victims were on the scene when officers arrived, but a total of five men who were injured took themselves to a hospital, police said. Two of those men died, and three had non-life-threatening injuries.
On Saturday afternoon, St. Louis County Police officials identified the dead men as Eddie Wilkerson, 38, of the 10600 block of Spring Garden Drive in the Glasgow Village area of unincorporated north St. Louis County, and Montrez Hughes, 18, of the 2600 block of Washington Avenue in St. Louis.
Police said that one additional shooting victim remained hospitalized. The two others had been treated and released.
Also on Saturday, during a short break from his restaurant job, Bain said he moved from St. Charles nearly three years ago to live at Suburban Heights Apartments in Kinloch. He said he has a refurbished three-bedroom apartment that rents for $600 a month and is close to his fiancé’s college classes.
“We did love living here,” Bain said.
Updated Saturday at 4:45 p.m.