ST. LOUIS — A passenger leaned over the roof of a fleeing Honda Accord on Saturday night and fired several rifle rounds in the direction of at least three teenagers and two police officers in a City Foundry STL parking lot, officials said.
The gunfire shattered a vehicle window near one officer and whizzed past the ear of another, according to a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department news release.
A witness to the damage, still rattled Sunday morning, said in an interview that multiple cars were damaged and more security is needed at the new Midtown development.
Police were at the scene at 10 p.m. to investigate car break-ins when the gunfire started. The three nearby teenagers ran, and officers caught them. Police said one of the boys, 15, had a Glock 29 modified to be fully automatic; another boy, 16, had a stolen Glock 19.
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Police said juvenile court authorities advised officers to release the three boys to their parents. The occupants of the car were last seen driving south on Vandeventer Avenue.
Two Foundry customers, on a date Saturday night at Alamo Drafthouse, returned to the parking lot at 11 p.m. and found several police officers and bullet holes in the back of their SUV, near two vacant child seats. Police told her they heard about 20 shots.
By Sunday morning, the glass was cleaned up and the lot nearly empty for another day’s business. One yellow sign warned that the Foundry’s owners weren’t responsible for damage or theft to vehicles or vehicle contents.
The shooting happened on a surface parking lot off Vandeventer.
Editor’s note: This story has been edited to remove a crime victim’s name.