ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis College of Pharmacy student was fatally shot during a backyard party at a south St. Louis house early Saturday.
Nicholas Kapusniak, 20, of Waukesha, Wis., was shot shortly before 1 a.m. in the 2700 block of Accomac Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said Kapusniak was standing with a group of friends in the backyard when someone in a light-colored sedan traveling east in the south alley fired gunshots.
Kapusniak was hit in the left side of his back. He was carried inside the residence, where he was pronounced dead.
“For some reason we don’t know right now, a car drove down the alley and started firing into this group,” St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Saturday.
Neighbors have complained in the past about noise coming from the house, but nothing points to an argument that could have escalated, Dotson said.
“There was no direct one-on-one confrontation that provoked this,” he said.
No one was at the home Saturday afternoon.
David Johnson, 60, who has lived in the neighborhood for 38 years, heard gunshots and then police sirens. He assumed from the gunshots that someone had gotten hurt but didn’t suspect it was one of the college students who frequent the two-story brick house across the street from him.
Johnson said occasionally there were a lot of college students at that house but never any problems.
He said college students moved into the home about a year and a half ago.
Kapusniak was a member of the class of 2017 and the Alpha Zeta Omega fraternity.
The St. Louis College of Pharmacy posted a statement to its website on Saturday that read in part:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick’s family, friends, Alpha Zeta Omega members, and classmates during this difficult time as we all grieve his loss.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477 or submit a tip online at stlrcs.org.
Michele Munz of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.