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Man pulls gun, opens fire after he's attacked in downtown St. Louis

Man pulls gun, opens fire after he's attacked in downtown St. Louis

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Charges were later filed against the alleged victim in this attack, alleging he was actually the perpetrator. Please see this link for more information.

ST. LOUIS • A man attacked near Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis pulled a gun and fired shots at the assailants early Saturday morning, police said Monday.

He apparently hit one of the attackers, who suffered injuries to his arm and face, police said.

The victim, 18, told police he was parked in the 1100 block of Lucas Avenue about 3 a.m. Saturday when two men approached and started a fight, the department said in a summary of the incident. The two attackers punched and kicked the victim.

The victim grabbed his gun and fired at the attackers. They ran off, but the victim lost his gun in the encounter. He wasn't sure if he hit the attackers, he told police.

Officers called to the scene saw two men running on Washington Avenue, police said. One of them was seen hiding a gun in a flower pot. Police stopped the men, one of whom had gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where his medical condition wasn't available. He was said to be stable.

The gun found in the flower pot turned out to be the victim's, apparently hidden there by the injured attacker who had taken it during the melee. The suspects are 24 and 22.

The attack remains under investigation.

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