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Teen charged with killing man who was washing his pickup in Fairground Park

Teen charged with killing man who was washing his pickup in Fairground Park

Terrion L. Phillips

Terrion L. Phillips was charged in the May 22, 2019, shooting death of Vincent Sanders in Fairground Park.

ST. LOUIS — A Velda City teenager was charged Thursday with killing a man who was washing his truck in Fairground Park the night before.

Terrion L. Phillips, 17, of the 2800 block of Glen Parkway Drive in Velda City, was charged with second-degree murder, attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action in the shooting death Wednesday of Vincent Sanders.

Police said in charges that Phillips and others in a red Mitsubishi pulled up to Sanders, who was washing his pickup truck in the 3900 block of Fairground Park Drive. Police said the Mitsubishi had been taken in a carjacking the day before in St. Louis County.

Phillips got out of the Mitsubishi and had a short conversation with Sanders before getting back into the Mitsubishi, charges say. Phillips then got out of the car again and walked back to Sanders before gunfire erupted, charges said. Phillips had tried to take Sanders’ money and vehicle.

“As Sanders is left in the street dying of his mortal wounds, Phillips runs back to the red Mitsubishi, points a gun at the car and demands the driver to not leave without him,” St. Louis Detective Benjamin Lacy wrote in charging documents.

Sanders, 56, was later pronounced dead at the shooting scene.

Sanders was an employee of the city’s Forestry Division but was not working at the time he was shot. Authorities gave an address for Sanders in the 3600 block of Windsor Place, nearly two miles away. But neighbors said the victim could often be seen on the street polishing a black truck he owned.

Tina Bailey, a neighbor, said she heard three or four shots. “It could have been any one of us,” she said. “It’s sad.”

Phillips’ bail was set at $300,000 cash.

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