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Gunfire hits man in hand, shatters windows of U.S. mail truck in downtown St. Louis

Gunfire hits man in hand, shatters windows of U.S. mail truck in downtown St. Louis


ST. LOUIS • Gunfire in downtown St. Louis on Thursday morning hit a man in the hand and shattered windows of a U.S. postal truck.

The postal worker who was driving the truck wasn't hurt.

The injured man, 24, was not riding in the postal truck at the time, and has no connection to the post office, said St. Louis Police Officer Michelle Woodling. The victim refused to cooperate with police, so Woodling couldn't say if the victim had been in another vehicle or standing on Tucker when he was shot.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was stable. His medical condition wasn't released.

The shooting was just before 10 a.m. Thursday in the 300 block of North Tucker Boulevard.

Police say they believe that two men may have had a role in the shooting, but they had no one in custody Friday and no detailed description of either suspect. It's being handled as a case of first-degree assault and second-degree property damage.

A 27-year-old postal worker was driving a U.S. Post Office truck north on Tucker when the shooting happened. As the mail truck approached Locust Street, gunfire shattered windows on the driver and passenger side, police said. The postal worker was uninjured.

Postal Inspector Matthew Villicana said, "He was not involved and not targeted in the shooting. The bullet did pass through his vehicle, so he's very fortunate" he was uninjured. "Wrong place, wrong time."

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