Murder Vigil Disrupted By Gunfire, Attendee Struck By Camaro

A vigil honoring Michael Pankins, a 24-year-old man from north county shot dead Sunday in north St. Louis, turned violent yesterday evening.

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The scene of last night's shooting at Thekla and Riverview.
According to police, a crowd was holding a candlelight vigil around 8 p.m. Wednesday in north St. Louis at Riverview and Thekla (near where Pankins was shot) when two Chevrolet Camaros began circling the scene. Witnesses told police that someone attending the vigil then started shooting at the cars and all hell broke loose as people scattered to get away from the gunfire.

A report last night on the TV news showed sandals in the street where people literally jumped out of their shoes to get away.

One of the vigil attendees -- described only as a 21-year-old black female -- didn't escape. She was struck by one of the Camaros and and is listed in critical condition. Police say they located two subjects inside the car and questioned them without making and arrest. Another person inside the car is wanted for additional questioning. Fortunately, no one was injured as a result of the gunfire. An investigation is ongoing.


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