UPDATED at 10:45 a.m. Monday with names of victims, additional details
ST. LOUIS • Homicide detectives from the St. Louis police department were busy Sunday investigating four fatal shootings.
Officers responded to the 4200 block of Evans Avenue in the Vandeventer neighborhood about 7:20 a.m., where the body of a woman had been found inside a crashed vehicle. Police on Monday identified her as Whitney Whitman, 33, of the 5200 block of Lexington Avenue. She had an apparent gunshot wound and died at the scene, police say.
At 11:46 a.m., Louis Bishop was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in the 3000 block of Marcus Avenue in the Kingsway East neighborhood. Bishop, 22, lived in the 6100 block of Sherry Avenue.
And at 12:30 p.m., a woman was found in a vehicle parked in the 2800 block of Taylor Avenue, near St. Louis Avenue in the Greater Ville neighborhood, apparently shot to death. The woman was identified as Tamella Buchanan, 25, of the 1600 block of Kingshighway.
Police responded to the death on Taylor just as church services at the Greater New Elevation Baptist Church, about 50 yards away, were in full swing. Members of the church said they did not hear any shooting outside.
“It just seems to be what’s going in the community: everybody’s dying, every day, all day, from violence,” said Deontae Miller, 27, of St. Louis, a church member.
Shortly before 9 p.m., Teon Buchanan, 23, was found with gunshot wounds unconscious and not breathing in a vehicle in the 900 block of Canaan Avenue. Police say paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Teon Buchanan lived in the 1400 block of Selerno Drive in Pagedale.
Police say a short time later that officers got another call for a shooting in the 900 block of Harlan Avenue, where they found a 25-year-old man who had been shot in the hand and leg. He was taken to a hospital, where police say he was stable. Police say he is considered a suspect in the killing of Teon Buchanan.
Police say there was an altercation in the vehicle between Teon Buchanan, the injured man and a second suspect, 22, who was arrested without incident.
While the city has seen a slight decrease in reports of crime from last year, the Vandeventer Neighborhood has seen sharp increases in reports of both violent crime (up 31 percent) and property crime (up 77 percent) through August, according to police statistics. Reports of crime, meanwhile, have been down in the Kingsway East and the Greater Ville neighborhoods.