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Max Cassilly: Son of City Museum Founder Targeted in Shooting

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St. Louis' famed City Museum was founded by the father of a young man injured in a violent attack August 13.
​They came looking for Max Cassilly around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 13. The men showed up at Cassilly's south-city apartment on Montana near Grand Avenue, asking for him by name. After Cassilly's roommate let them in, the men searched the apartment. When they found Cassilly, they shot him with automatic rifle blasts to the arms and legs.

Daily RFT obtained information about the shocking incident from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Those details about the incident come from a statement from police spokeswoman Erica Van Ross; Cassilly's identity comes from a police report we received through a Sunshine request.

Cassilly, 26, is the son of Bob Cassilly, founder of St. Louis' iconic City Museum. According to Van Ross, Cassilly knew the shooters.


Cassilly was able to run from the gunmen. Two witnesses called police, and Cassilly was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition. Police arrested one suspect, John Henry Blake, 29, after they stopped the black Hummer he and the other suspect were fleeing in at I-55 and Bates. The other suspect was last seen running toward Bates.

Bob Cassilly hasn't returned messages from the RFT seeking comment. The police refused to tell us anything more about the case, including a possible motive for the attack. We've been unable to reach Max Cassilly, but sources tell us that new posts are appearing on his personal Facebook page.

According to court records, John Henry Blake has faced criminal charges for unlawful use of a weapon and criminal trespass in 2001.

After this post was initially published, we heard from a member of Max Cassilly's family, who wanted to convey in the strongest possible terms that the police spokeswoman's narrative does not fit what what the family has been told about the case. The family is convinced Cassilly did not know his attackers and was not a target.

The family notes that such details do not appear in the official police report and that they believe it's misinformation.

UPDATE: This post was changed at 5:42 p.m. to accurately reflect our source of information as well as include new information from Cassilly's family. See also our August 24 follow-up post for the latest news on the case.



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DutchSensless
DutchSensless

it's pretty sad when a dope fiend gets shot up for owing the dope man, but can't pay, and it makes the public news... Then his scammer friend "DutchSinse" on YouTube profits from running the story on YT as if the "men in black" have shot his buddy because of Dutch's video content. They are BOTH pathetic and deserve what comes their way.

Openyoureyes
Openyoureyes

And now Bob Cassilly has been murdered, one month after his son was maimed with an assault rifle by two guys driving a hummer. So the plot thickens....

Somebody PLEASE do some real reporting on this very interesting and fishy family story!!!

Ron Finger
Ron Finger

Bob is there something you want to add to this story as to why people would have your son ASSASSINATED? Or is that just some story you are telling yourself because you don't want to face the fact that your kid is stupid?

We are in the 21st Century and some people think they can get away with these hillbilly lies......I go to strip clubs for chicken wings......I pee with a wide stance.....there was an ASSASSINATION attempt in South St Louis.

Is your Son related to Abe Lincoln Bob?

Vox
Vox

Prolly some of Nelly's friends.

get it right
get it right

I know Max Cassilly and half of this story is wrong RFT!  This came out the day after he was lucid a whole day and the only reason it is in the new is so his asshole dad who doesn't give a crap about him can use this for media gain.

Chica2270
Chica2270

Deb Petersen's article has a different bend

Hugh Johnson
Hugh Johnson

"Cocaine done killed my baby, cocaine done drive me crazy."-Mississippi John Hurt

BoulevardHeights
BoulevardHeights

Yeah, drugs. People definitely do not come where you live, ask for you by name, and then shoot you unless you've amassed some serious transgressions, the kind of transgressions you can't really roll together without the help of drugs or worse vices. This is obvious to anyone capable of thinking thoughts.

I love how families become unspeakably dumb & blind to the truth, when the alternative is realizing that the son they've raised is a stupid shitbag.

FalseFlag
FalseFlag

WTF Riverfront, you report on something without having any of facts straight simply to drop a name. This is a serious situation, and it's scary that neither your staff or the police have a clue to what's going on, but you report on it anyway like you do. Get your shit straight or don't report on it. The quality of journalism in the RFT has really gone down the tubes lately.

Lord Byron
Lord Byron

This story defines downtown politics and drugs and hipsters and coverup corruption and huffy money and civic diminution and police incompetence. Get the fuck on it. 

Matt Hay
Matt Hay

Thanks for reporting this. The son of the founder of a St. Louis Landmark is targeted in what sure sounds like an attempted murder, and you hear silence from the other media outlets in the City. I guess they are worried about running afoul of King Francis, since we all know the City is getting safer according to them. This is much more newsworthy in my mind than the other tripe the P-D tends to carry. Maybe they could post the same story on Peter Kinder 5 times and just change the title each day of the week like they have been. I wonder if they actually wonder at the P-D why Lee Enterprises is circling the toliet bowl.

billstreeter
billstreeter

Odd that this is the first real mention of this incident in any media anywhere. I heard about it the weekend it happened and couldn't find any info about it anywhere outside of some message board postings. Hoping Max makes a full recovery.

DutchIsaCockSucker
DutchIsaCockSucker

People should look at youtube user DutchSinse.... He's a fucking moron, and uses these stories to profit from others demise....

southcity
southcity

Bob spent a lot of money sending both of his children to rehab, does that sound like someone who doesn't care? You can't change someone who doesn't want to be changed.

UnderOver
UnderOver

Just saw it.  I like that they mention that there is "MUCH" more to it than originally revealed by Max's roommate.  I thought so when I first commented on this story because of the fact they knew his name.  Drugs or not, that is typically a dead giveaway of something "ELSE."  Just sayin....

Grendl Tucker
Grendl Tucker

it is brought to mind that the finger you point has three more pointing back at you

Your Momma
Your Momma

"Yeah, drugs. People definitely do not come where you live, ask for you by name, and then shoot you unless you've amassed some serious transgressions, the kind of transgressions you can't really roll together without the help of drugs or worse vices. This is obvious to anyone capable of thinking thoughts."While it would be on the top of the list of possible motives, it doesn't take much of an imagination at all to think of other plausible possibilities. 

DrugsAffairs (G/F, Wife)Cash/Valuables RobberyOffensive relationships (Someone's Sister/Mother)KidnappingSchizophrenia / Mental 

Alot of lib's love to pretend gun violence only happens to those that bring it on themselves through Drug activity, etc.

Chris
Chris

I have to agree, though I'm sure somebody will jump on us in a second and claim we're being "judgmental." That's not the best neighborhood either, where he lived; what's the son of a millionaire doing living on Montana?

lilmuse
lilmuse

Dutch is not a reliable source!  Other than being a drama queen when this first happened and making it all about him, he clammed up about it and moved on to other drama and lies.

Snowing1000
Snowing1000

The city police take money and drugs from the people that sell it, then beat the shit out of them. Just a days work for a city officer!

Snowing1000
Snowing1000

So much is not covered by the city of St Louis! As a former 911 Dispatcher for the city.....alot of calls came in from his sister. The whole family is troubled! My child went to school with Max, I know the family. Good luck to the family!

Mfkstl
Mfkstl

Lord Byron nailed it. Wonder if the local "media" will report this at all??

not suprised
not suprised

There is alot more going on in this city that they dont let get reported. They got to get off that "FBI most dangerous city" list. But hey sleep comfortably crime is down in the city :).

Mfkstl
Mfkstl

He's going to be fine- terrible scare for friends and family.  Still lots to sort out. The media was taken off of it for the family's safety till now. 

BoulevardHeights
BoulevardHeights

Thanks, Grendl.  You'd better split though, Beowulf's meeting me here in fifteen minutes and let's be frank, he'll be pissed.

BoulevardHeights
BoulevardHeights

Again, there's little chance this event did not involve drugs or another vice.  We'll see.

Bottom line though - only a partisan fool takes something like this and brings the concept of "libs" into it.  Of course gun violence does not only happen to those that bring it on themselves. Furthermore, you stupid woman, that's not even a liberal stance; saying that victims of gun violence bring it on themselves wouldn't lend itself well to the pro-gun-control argument liberals hold dear.Way to look like a dumb sheltered housewife.  But I feel for you; it's got to be difficult to put together cogent posts while also preparing sandwiches.

Grendl Tucker
Grendl Tucker

do you judge someone's choice to live where he wants?

Mfkstl
Mfkstl

There are SO many DNR's (Do Not Reports) every week in STL.  ... his info. comes directly from city law enforcement personnel. 

DutchSinseOnYouTubeIsAConman
DutchSinseOnYouTubeIsAConman

The idiot was involved in drugs and BS. Then his buddy DutchSinse on YouTube profited from telling his story. They're both pathetic idiots with nothing better to do than to waste people's time....

BoulevardHeights
BoulevardHeights

A source?  Uh, OK then, I got that off the front page of the China Financial Times.  You dolt.  You really think I need a source in order to posit that there's little chance an attempted targeted killing did not involve drugs or another vice?  Go back to St. Charles, idiot.  Let me know if you need help opening a pickle jar.

Your Momma
Your Momma

"Again, there's little chance this event did not involve drugs or another vice."Source? 

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