Crime
3:28 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Four Dead In Shooting On Cherokee Street

Updated 6:50 a.m. Friday with names of victims and suspect.


The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has identified the victims as:


- Khadra Muse, a 44-year old female of the 100 block of Indian Circle Dr.


- Seaeed Abdulla, a 29-year old male of the 700 block of Cole


- Bernice Solomon-Redd, a 54-year old female of the 2400 block of Ridge Ave., E. St. Louis, IL


The suspect has been positively identified as  Ahmed Dirir, a 59-year old male of the 900 block of Carr.



Updated 8:51 p.m. Thursday. 


St. Louis Police say the deaths of four people in an afternoon shooting at a business on Cherokee Street are the result of a murder-suicide.


The police say an argument inside the first floor business  -- A K Home Health Care -- escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. The shooting occurred at about 1:30 p.m.


According to officials, there were no witnesses but surveillance video shows a man - believed to be the owner of the business - in an argument with three others, believed to be employees.


The victims' names have not been released. Police Capt. Michael Sack said they appeared to be in their early-40s to mid-50s in age.


Sack said the three victims worked in the building. He did not have any other details about them. An employee of another business heard gunshots and called police. A gun was recovered at the scene.


We will post more details here as they become available.