A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer working a second job with a private security company shot and killed a young black man, 18-year-old VonDerrit Myers Jr. The incident happened in the Shaw neighborhood in south St. Louis Wednesday night and drew a tense crowd that shouted at police and beat on their cruisers.
Since Saturday’s fatal shooting of Michael Brown, St. Louisans have been trying to understand and deal with what happened.
How could a college-bound teenager with no history of violence or criminal behavior end up shot to death by a police officer in his own neighborhood? St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra and Tim Lloyd went to look for answers and to find out what people in Ferguson are doing to cope.
Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 12:17 am
Witness talks to 'The Today Show'
Steve Inskeep speaks with witness Chayyiel Jackson
A midnight screening of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises turned into a horribly real scene of death and destruction in Aurora, Colo., early Friday when a gunman opened fire on the audience killing 12.
The St. Louis County prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for a man who pointed a gun at a MetroLink security officer.
The warrants are for 29-year-old Dominic L. Webb of North County for one count of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of unlawful possession of a concealable firearm. The bond was set at $20,000.
A security officer saw a disturbance between Webb and another man at the Hanley MetroLink platform on Tuesday, Jan. 24 around 4 p.m. The security officer intervened and Webb pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the officer.
One man is dead and two others are hospitalized after a shooting in the St. Louis suburb of Wellston.
St. Louis County Police spokesman Rick Eckhard says officers were called to a house Thursday afternoon where they found one man dead. One of the injured men was found in the street about two blocks away, while the other made it to a small market about four blocks away and sought help.
Police said they didn't know the cause of the dispute, nor the identities of the victims. Eckhard said the injured men were expected to survive.
Eckhard said police don't yet know whether the shooter was among the victims, but he added that police weren't conducting a manhunt.
Detectives were at a hospital waiting to talk to the injured men.
St. Louis police are investigating the death of a former St. Louis city prosecutor who was shot at her home.
Jessa Schauman died Thursday, a day after police were called to a home she shared with a former St. Louis police officer. She had been shot in the head. Police say that the initial call indicated a suicide attempt, but a preliminary investigation led officers to classify the death as suspicious.