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Man killed in shooting that prompted St. Louis alderman's call for National Guard help in city is identified

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UPDATED at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday with the identity of the shooting victim.

ST. LOUIS • A man who died after being shot in the face twice Saturday afternoon was identified by police on Tuesday.

Leon Smith II, 33, was shot about 3:35 p.m. Saturday after a confrontation in an alley that started when the shooter wouldn’t move his car, police said. The alley is near the 3900 block of North 20th Street, police said.

Police found Smith, who lived nearby in the 3800 block of North Florissant Avenue, in the alley next to his vehicle. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting prompted Alderman Brandon Bosley of the 3rd Ward to call for the Missouri National Guard to be sent to St. Louis.

“I’m done waiting,” Bosley said. “Before it gets too bad, we need to do something measurable. Extra hands. Extra guns. Guns bigger than the ones on the street.”

On Monday, a spokesman for Gov. Mike Parson issued a statement in response to the call.

“It’s certainly sad anytime someone is tragically affected by crime,” Steele Shippy, Parson’s communications director, said in a statement. “While we understand the challenges, we are committed to working with local officials and jurisdictions all across Missouri on practical solutions to reduce crime.”

Police Lt. Ken Lammert said a man in a silver SUV later identified as Smith was driving down an alleyway but had to stop when he saw a black SUV blocking the alley exit. Smith honked, then yelled out his window, asking the man if he was going to move his vehicle.

The man declined, and both men got out of their vehicles. Lammert didn’t know exactly what happened next, but the man in the black vehicle soon fired six or seven shots through the front of Smith’s SUV, striking the Smith two or three times, Lammert said. The gunman sped off. 

The address is in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

Authorities asked anyone with information to contact CrimeStoppers online or at 1-866-371-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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