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Man killed, three hurt in ‘egregious’ shootings at vigil in Downtown West neighborhood

Man killed, three hurt in ‘egregious’ shootings at vigil in Downtown West neighborhood

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ST. LOUIS — One man was killed and three people were wounded Monday night when someone opened fire on mourners at a vigil held for another homicide victim, police said.

The quadruple shooting happened about 8:40 p.m. Monday near the 2000 block of St. Charles Street, about two blocks from St. Louis police headquarters.

Cedric Owens, 34, of St. Louis, was killed and two women, both 23, were shot in the head. Both the women were taken to a hospital where they were considered unstable and in critical condition, police said Tuesday.

The fourth victim, a 21-year-old man, was shot in the leg, but was considered stable.

The shots were fired by occupants of a black SUV at a crowd of people gathered in the Downtown West neighborhood for a vigil for Demetrise Thomas, police said. Thomas, 27, was fatally shot just before 1 a.m. Monday in the 500 block of North 20th Street.

Children were among dozens of mourners attending the vigil for Thomas, but no child was hit by gunfire. Debris left behind after the shooting included teddy bears that mourners had brought to the vigil.

“Any life taken by violence is a tragedy,” Public Safety Director Dan Isom said Tuesday in a news conference about a separate series of shootings in St. Louis city and county. “What’s particularly egregious is these individuals were targeted in mourning, perpetuating a cycle of violence these individuals were praying would end.”

Isom in a statement said the motive for the shooting remains unclear.

“There’s no quick fix to address crime in our neighborhoods,” he added, “but we are dedicated to providing the resources necessary to make our downtown region and all of St. Louis a safer place for every resident.”

Police ask anyone with information on the shooting to call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371. Anonymous tips can be submitted to CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

Story originally published 9 a.m. Tuesday. Updated at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with more details about the victims.

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