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North City Shooting, Homicide No. 24: Female Suspect Not Charged in Death of Kelvin Houston

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Police believe that a 21-year-old woman shot and killed Kelvin Houston, also 21, in North City over the weekend -- but she hasn't been charged.

That's because witnesses weren't cooperating, police say, which means they didn't have enough information to charge her after her arrest and she isn't being named at this time. Metro police confirm to Daily RFT that she has in fact been released and there haven't been any other arrests in the Saturday night shooting.

The incident occurred during an especially violent weekend with a fatal stabbing and another shooting both at Laclede's Landing -- as well as shootings in at least three other locations within city limits.

This North City shooting took place at around 10:30 p.m on the 8700 block of Riverview Boulevard, police say, and officers first responded to a St. Louis County hospital where the victim had arrived.

Houston, a 21-year-old St. Charles resident had suffered two gunshot wounds to the back and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Officers also responded to the crime scene where the female suspect was taken into custody -- and a weapon was recovered.

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Block where the shooting took place and the suspect was aprehended.

But witnesses after that did not cooperate and metro police officials had to release her.

The investigation is ongoing. Houston is the 24th homicide victim in the city so far this year.

Here's the full incident report.

Incident: Homicide
Location: 8700 block of Riverview
Date/Time: 03/09/13 @ 22:30
Victim: Kelvin Houston, a 21-year old male of the 2 block of Rue Royale, St. Charles, MO
Suspect: 21-year old black female
Officers responded to a hospital in St. Louis County for a victim of a shooting that occurred in the 8700 block of Riverview. The victim suffered two gunshot wounds to the back. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Officers responded to the 8700 block of Riverview and located a crime scene. A suspect was taken into custody. A weapon was recovered. The investigation is ongoing.... Warrants were refused due to lack of witness cooperation.

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