MAPLEWOOD • Investigators trying to find whoever fired 40 shots at a Maplewood apartment building Monday night are stymied by a 21-year-old woman who has lived at the targeted apartment, police say.
She was injured in a triple shooting in St. Louis the same weekend, and police hoped she would be able to provide information about who shot up her home in Maplewood. However, police say, she won’t cooperate with them.
“She refused to meet with or speak with detectives,” Maplewood Police Chief Steve Kruse said. “We’re at a standstill.”
“Our detectives were able to develop a lead; however, this woman refuses to cooperate,” the chief added.
The apartment is in the 7400 block of Commonwealth Avenue. On Sunday night and again on Monday night, shooters opened fire from the street. No one was hit, but several rounds traveled through a bedroom window and into an adjacent unit where a resident was home.
Police recovered 57 shell casings over the two nights. The shell casings were from .223 and 9 mm caliber firearms. The .223 ammunition is typically used with an AR-15, a semiautomatic assault weapon. Police say they believe at least two gunmen were involved.
Kruse said detectives put in many hours in their probe. The 21-year-old woman, whose driver’s license still lists the Commonwealth address as her home, lives there on and off with her mother and teenage sister.
No one was home either night the Maplewood apartment was shot up, police say. The mother and girl moved on Monday, seeking safety, after the Sunday night incident.
Kruse said detectives learned that the 21-year-old woman had been injured in a triple shooting in St. Louis. That shooting happened about 1:40 a.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of Cates Avenue, in the city’s West End neighborhood. The woman suffered a graze wound to her head.
Two men, ages 18 and 22, also were shot. The younger man was shot in his arm; the other was shot in his leg. Each of the victims was stable at a hospital, police say. No additional information was available.
St. Louis police say the three had been standing in the rear yard of a home on Cates when someone fired shots at them. No one has been arrested.
Less than 10 hours after that triple shooting in St. Louis, someone shot up the apartment building in Maplewood. The same thing happened the next night.
Neighbors were on edge, and Maplewood police parked a police car there and stepped up patrols in the neighborhood around the clock.
The red brick complex, at the corner of Commonwealth and Greenwood Boulevard, has eight units and no name. After the shooting on Sunday, a witness saw a red or dark-colored car, possibly a Kia Soul, heading south on Commonwealth and turning onto Tennyson Square.
Police asked anyone with information to call the Maplewood Police Department at 314-645-3000.