Mark Wells: St. Louis Man Answers Door, Faces Hail Of Bullets, Cops Say (Homicide No. 50)

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There's been another homicide in the city of St. Louis.

After a violent weekend involving three homicides, a fourth St. Louis resident was shot and killed yesterday inside his home on Samuel Shepard Drive.

Mark Wells, 35, is the 50th homicide victim in the city in 2013.

Police say that an officer responded to the 2800 block of Samuel Shepard Drive at around 8:45 a.m. and found Wells dead inside his first-floor apartment. He had suffered gunshot wounds to his chest and shoulders.

An investigation at the scene revealed that he had gotten into an argument with an unknown black male prior to the shooting.

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2800 Block of Samuel Shepard Drive.

Police are urging anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.

Police emphasized to the Post-Dispatch that this was not a random shooting. Police Lt. John Green told the paper that someone knocked on Wells' door and when he went to answer, multiple shots were fired straight through the door.

Police are apparently looking for at least two suspects.

On Saturday, Oscar Guerra, a 35-year-old St. Louis father, shot his wife and three-year-old son before killing himself. Later that day, Kenneth Watkins, 22, was found dead in his St. Louis apartment, another victim of gun violence.

Here's the incident report from yesterday's homicide.

Incident: Homicide
Location: 2800 block of Samuel Shepard
Date/Time: 07/01/13 @ 8:45 a.m.
Victim: Mark Wells, a 35-year old black male of 2800 block of Samuel Shepard Dr.
Suspect: Unknown black male
Officer responded to the scene of a shooting at the above location. The victim was located inside the door of a first floor apartment, deceased. The victim suffered gunshot wounds to his chest and shoulders. Investigation at the scene revealed the victim was involved in an argument with an unknown black male prior to the shooting. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.

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Dan Jaboor
Dan Jaboor

You can tell it was criminals and not cops because they had the courtesy to knock first.

Jeri Michelle Reuter
Jeri Michelle Reuter

Or are they taking the stance of "shoot them all and let God sort them out"? O.o;;

Otis G. Grove III
Otis G. Grove III

Seriously, your city is having an upswing of violence and your mayor and other city officials are sticking their heads in the sand. Why don't you do a story where you find out what they have to say about this violence?


@Otis G. Grove III 

upswing in violence?.....its just the norm according to city hall nothing to worry about jus a few more more dead citizens

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