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Two shot at Wellston Market

A North County Police Cooperative officer walks back to his car after two people were shot at the Wellston Market on Sunday, July 28, 2019. The market, at 6250 Page Avenue, is where North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf was shot by a man June 23. Langsdorf later died. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com.

WELLSTON • A person of interest was in custody Sunday evening after a drive-by shooting injured a teenager and another man outside a Wellston market where Officer Michael Langsdorf was killed . 

A boy, 16, and a man, 30, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds after the shooting about 1:15 p.m. outside Clay’s Wellston Food Market Restaurant, said North County Police Cooperative Maj. Ron Martin, assistant chief of police.

It was the second shooting there since Langsdorf's death on June 23.

The teen was shot in the elbow and the man was shot in the groin during a drive-by shooting, Martin said. Police are searching for a white SUV, he said. He did not have more details about the vehicle.

It was unclear if the two shooting victims were related, Martin said. The gunfire broke out as several shoppers were inside, he said. 

Investigators had spoken with witnesses and were looking through surveillance footage from the market, Martin said.

He did not have more details Sunday. 

The market, at 6250 Page Avenue, is where North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf, 40, was shot by a man June 23 he confronted after the man tried to cash a bad check. That man, along with the man who police believe gave him the check, have been charged with Langsdorf's murder.

On July 3, four people were shot outside the market in a drive-by shooting. All four victims shooting victims were hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds. Police have located a person of interest in the shooting and expect to file charges soon, Martin said Sunday. 

The owners of Clay's market have cooperated with police in each shooting investigation, Martin said. 

He said the market is a focal point for Wellston, a community of about 2,500 people, and provides an important service for residents. 

"But with a lot of that traffic, comes these types of violent incidents," he said. 

The market's owners have paid for additional police patrols around the store in the past, Martin said. He said the department is considering again adding extra patrols. 

Post-Dispatch reporter Daniel Neman contributed to this story.

Reporter covering breaking news and crime by night. Born in Algeria but grew up in St. Louis. Previously reported for The Associated Press in Jackson, Mississippi and at the Wichita Eagle in Wichita, Kansas.