St. Louis police on Friday identified the four men who were fatally shot Monday night at a home in the 4000 block of Shreve Avenue.
The dead are:
• Robert Williams Jr., 40, of the 2800 block of Magnolia Avenue;
• Brendan Lee Williams, 30, of the 4000 block of Lincoln Avenue;
• Ray N. Howard, 29, of the 3900 block of Lincoln Avenue; and
• Kenneth Lee III, 33, of the 4000 block of Shreve Avenue.
A fifth gunshot victim from that attack, the 29-year-old homeowner, was still alive Friday. Police have not released his name.
Police say they have no suspects.
The five men were shot at about 8:50 p.m. Police haven't said what the motive was for the shooting.
Officers arrived and spoke to the homeowner, who was sitting on the porch with a gunshot wound to his leg, officials said. The homeowner told police that several people came inside his home and argued, a brawl broke out and then a gunbattle took place, Major Mary Warnecke said in a public statement issued Wednesday.
When police went inside, they found four more victims, three of them dead at the scene. One of those men was critically injured and died later at a hospital, police said Wednesday.
Teisha Jackson is the sister of Howard. She said all of the deceased men were related. Two of them, Brendan Williams and Kenneth Lee, were brothers, she said.
Howard's grandmother, Phyllis Williams, died of natural causes shortly after hearing about the deaths, Jackson said.
"She had been sick for a while, but this was just too much for her," Jackson said. "I'm just doing everything I can right now to keep from breaking down."
Jackson, who lives in Arkansas, said she did not know why her brother and other family members were at the home on Shreve on the night of the shooting.
Warnecke said in her statement issued Thursday that police believe there were other people present in the home at the time of the shooting "that could shed light on what exactly occurred." Police asked anyone with information about the shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.
Several guns were seized from the home along with suspected illegal drugs, Warnecke said.
Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed said he knew the aunt and the mother of one of the victims because they frequently volunteer for events together.
"If ever we're handing out backpacks to the kids somewhere or anything like that, here they come," he said. "They never asked for assistance. They were out saying, 'We read about this and we came to help you out.'
"Now having four family members being gunned down in one day and having to plan four separate funerals, it's very difficult. This highlights the need to get guns off our streets and to make a heavier investment in our youth to ensure that everybody has an opportunity to achieve the best."
Reed said he believes the city should be pursuing programs like Cure Violence. That program takes a public health approach to violence through identifying and "treating" high risk individuals by connecting them with social services or other resources, according to its website.
The shooting took place inside “Hayden’s Rectangle,” a portion of St. Louis where the chief pledged to focus crime-fighting resources starting in 2018.
The St. Louis Police Department said Tuesday the "rectangle" was seeing a drop in homicides and aggravated assaults using a firearm. Robberies were on the increase.
Even with Monday night's victims on Shreve, there have been fewer homicides inside Hayden's Rectangle so far in 2019, compared with the same period of time in 2018.
The rectangle encompasses at least a half-dozen neighborhoods. The home on Shreve is in the Penrose neighborhood.
2019 year-to-date crime statistics in “Hayden’s rectangle”
|Crime||Jan. 1 to May 13, 2018||Jan. 1 to May 13, 2019|
|Aggravated assault w/ a gun||224||197|
Kim Bell and Rachel Rice of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.
This story was changed to reflect the correct ages and names of the victims according to family.