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Robert Hartzell: St. Louis Homicide No. 22; 74-Year-Old Victim Allegedly Fired First Shot

A 74-year-old man is dead and a 50-year-old man critically wounded after a bizarre shooting Friday night in the relatively staid neighborhood of Clifton Heights in south St. Louis.

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According to reports, Robert Hartzell, 74, was at his home repair business near Arsenal and Ivanhoe (above) around 6 p.m. Friday when he allegedly got into a dispute with the 50-year-old man and shot him. Hartzell was believed to be leaving the scene moments later when a third man approached him and fired a shot into his head.

Hartzell was declared dead a short time later. The 50-year-old victim remained hospitalized over the weekend. Hartzell's killer is in custody. More information as it becomes available.


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