St. Louis Shootings: Brian Jermon, Franchelle Harris Dead, At Least Eight Others Injured

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Two people were killed and at least eight more were injured in shootings over the weekend in the city of St. Louis.

Police say that Brian Jermon, 27, and Franchelle Harris, 26, were killed in a Friday night shooting that left two others injured. Over the weekend, there were several additional incidents of gun violence, injuring six more.

In the double-homicide, police say Jermon answered a knock at the door on the 4200 block of East Kossuth Avenue in north St. Louis at around 8:45 p.m. -- and a male suspect immediately began firing shots.

Police say he fled the scene in an unknown direction and officials do not have any further information on his identity at this time.

Jermon was shot in the neck and pronounced dead at the hospital; Harris was shot in the back and also pronounced dead at the hospital. A 22-year-old female was shot in the buttocks and is expected to survive. A 29-year-old was shot in the leg, which was also a non-threatening life injury. Two others victims just missed the gunfire, police say.

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Kossuth Avenue.

Jermon and Harris are the 65th and 66th homicide victims in the city in 2013.

A 23-year old male was shot in the back in a separate shooting on the 5500 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in north St. Louis that same evening and reportedly refused treatment.

Also on Friday, an officer responded to a disturbance at the 3900 block of Louisiana Avenue in the Dutchtown South neighborhood of south city and allegedly witnessed a 23-year-old suspect firing at a group of people, shooting a 26-year-old man in the abdomen and chest. While running from the scene, police say the suspect encountered the officer -- a 43-year-old male -- and pointed his gun at him. The officer fired shots at the suspect, who dropped his gun as he ran from the scene, police say. Soon after, he was apprehended and arrested. Police have not yet identified the shooter, who was not injured. The cop also left the scene uninjured.

Then on Saturday, there were four more shooting incidents in the city, including one on the 3900 block of Louisiana Avenue -- the same street where the police officer ended up firing shots the day prior.

At least four were injured in this second wave of shootings, cops say. Full details are below. Additionally, there were two non-fatal stabbing incidents over the weekend.

Here are the full reports from Friday and Saturday incidents:

Incident: Homicide
Location: 4200 block of E. Kossuth
Date/Time: 08-09-2013 @ 20:45
Victim #1: Brian Jermon, a 27-year old black male of the 4200 block of E. Kossuth
Victim #2: Franchelle Harris, a 26-year old black female of the 8 block of Jendale Ct.
Victim #3: 22-year old black female
Victim #4: 29-year old black male
Victim #5: 25-year old black male
Victim #6: 28-year old black male
Suspect: Unknown black male
Officers responded to the above location and located several victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds inside of an apartment. Witnesses advised Victim #1 answered a knock at the door, when a black male suspect began shooting at the victims. The black male suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. Victim #1 suffered a gunshot wound to his neck. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Victim #2 was shot in the back. She was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Victim #3 suffered a gunshot wound to her buttocks. She was transported to an area hospital by private conveyance and is listed as stable. Victim #4 was shot in the leg. He was transported to an area hospital were he is listed as stable. Victims #5 and #6 were not injured during the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.


Incident: Assault 1st
Location: 5500 block of Dr. Martin Luther King
Date/Time: 08/09/13 @ 19:01
Victim #1: 23-year old black male
Victim #2: 24-year old black male
Victim #3: 23-year old black male
Suspect: Unknown B/M, mid 20's, low hair cut and wearing sunglasses
Suspect Vehicle: Burgundy Lincoln Continental (Possible)
The victims stated they pulled up to the gas pumps at this location when the suspect pulled up along side them in a burgundy vehicle (possibly a Lincoln Continental) and asked them if they remembered something and pulled out a black semi-auto handgun and began firing at them. All three victims exited the car and began running when Victim #1 was struck in the back by a bullet. Victim #1suffered a graze wound to his back. He refused treatment. None of the other victims were injured. The suspects vehicle was last seen east on Dr. Martin Luther King. The investigation is ongoing.


Incident: Assault 1st
Location: 4600 block of Gravois
Date/Time: 08/09/13 @ 1455
Victim: 29-year old black male
Suspect: Black male, 25-26 years old, 200-210 lbs., wearing a red St. Louis ball cap, white T-Shirt
The victim and suspect got into a verbal argument which resulted in a physical confrontation. The suspect produced an unknown weapon and cut the victim on his abdomen. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The investigation is on going.


Incident: Assault 1/ Assault 1st LEO/ Property Damage
Location: 3900 block Louisiana
Date/Time: 08/10/13 @ 00:37
Victim #1: 26-year old black male
Victim #2: 43-year old white male (St. Louis Police Officer)
Suspect: 23-year old black male (in custody)
The officer responded to the above location for a large disturbance. He was able to disperse the crowd that had gathered. The officer remained in the area of the disturbance and observed the suspect approach the residence and began firing at a group of people. The suspect shot Victim #1 in the abdomen and chest. While running from the scene, the suspect encountered the officer and pointed the gun at him. Fearing for his safety, the officer fired shots at the suspect. The suspect dropped the gun as he ran from the scene. After a broadcast of the description of the suspect, he was taken into custody in the 3400 block of Dunnica. Victim #1 was transported to an area hospital where he is listed in critical/stable condition. The officer and suspect were not injured. The investigation is ongoing.


Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting)
Location: 3900 block of Louisiana
Date/Time: 08/10/13 @ 1736
Victim #1: 18-year old black male
Victim #2: 16-year old black male
Suspect(s): Unknown
The victims were traveling southbound on Louisiana in a vehicle when unknown suspects fired gunshots at the vehicle. Victim #1 was struck once in the right side. Victim #2 was not injured. Victim #1 drove himself to area hospital where he is listed as stable. The investigation is ongoing.


Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting)
Location: 1100 block of Angelica
Date/Time: 08/10/13 @ 9:04pm
Victim: 47-year old black male
Suspect: Unknown black male, approx 40 years old, medium build, low hair cut,
wearing white t -shirt, white shorts.
Suspect Vehicle: maroon Lincoln Navigator with the new style Missouri temporary
license plate
The victim was talking with another male in the 1100 block of Angelica when the unknown suspect fired multiple gunshots at the victim. The victim was struck once in the left thigh. He was transported to an area hospital where he is listed as stable. No other injuries were reported. The victim was highly intoxicated and made several different statements about what occurred. The investigation is ongoing.


Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting)
Location: Salisbury & I-70 westbound
Date/Time: 08/11/13 @ 0223
Victim #1: 22-year old black male
Victim #2: 22-year old black male
Victim #3: 22-year old black male
Suspect: Unknown male(s) operating a dark colored vehicle
The victims stated they had just left a fast food restaurant where they encountered several male subjects, who looked at them and left the restaurant. As the victims we traveling westbound on I-70 a dark colored vehicle drove beside them and fired multiple gunshots. Victim #1 was shot once in the ankle. He was transported to an area hospital where he is listed as stable. No other injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.


Assault 1st (Cutting)
Location: 3800 block of Folsom
Date/Time: 08/11/13 @ 0126
Victim: 37-year old black male
Suspect: Black male, wearing a white t-shirt
The victim and suspect began arguing while standing in the 3800 block of Folsom. During the argument the suspect cut the victim on the throat with a knife. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The victim knows the suspect, but refused to provide his identity. The investigation is ongoing.


Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting)
Location: Clara & Labadie
Date/Time: 08/10/2013 @ 2000
Victim: 30-year old black male
Suspect: B/M, late 20's early 30's, 5'11" - 6', 150-170 lbs, long dreadlocks, goatee,
yellow/green reflective vest, unknown hat, armed with a black gun
The victim was stopped at the intersection of northbound Clara, at Labadie Ave., when the above-described suspect, approached his vehicle on the driver's side. The suspect pointed a gun at the victim and fired multiple gunshots. The victim drove away from the scene and called police for assistance. The victim suffered gunshot wounds to his cheek and thigh. He was transported to an area hospital where he is listed in serious/stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.

For more of Daily RFT's coverage of the latest metro St. Louis homicides, visit our "Big Bloody" archive.

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