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Delmar Loop Shooting Victim Swindles Moonrise Hotel Valet, Steals Get-a-Way Car

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Braland Norman stole his get-away car from a Moonrise Hotel valet.
Braland Norman was technically the victim in a drive-by shooting late last year in the Delmar Loop, but he now faces felony charges for packing his own heat and stealing a car to get escape.

Norman and a friend were stopped at a red light at Skinker and Delmar boulevards at 7 p.m. December 29 when a blue SUV pulled up and an unknown suspect began shooting rounds into Norman's car.

Red light cameras caught the whole thing:

Norman, 28, was shot in the back, according to the United States Attorney's Office. The driver, Allie Harper, was shot numerous times. The shooter and blue SUV fled the scene, but Harper raced the car forward into the intersection, crashing into westbound traffic on Delmar Boulevard.

See also: Want to see a play-by-play of the shooting and car crash? We break it down with photos from red-light cameras.

Norman --who is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess a gun -- crawled through the shot-out back window of the car and stashed his weapon, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol with 27 rounds in the magazine, under a car in front of the Moonrise Hotel.

At the hotel, Norman washed off blood from the gunshot wound in the bathroom and headed to the front to steal a car. Here's how he pulled it off, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office:

After trying to clean up a bit as he was bleeding, he left the restroom and convinced the valet that he left something in his car which the valet had just parked for another patron. The valet gave Norman the keys and without permission of the owner, Norman left the parking lot with the vehicle.

Police recovered the car nearly a month later on January 25.

Norman pleaded guilty to one felony count of possessing a firearm as a felon. He faces a maximum penalty of ten years and/or fines up to $250,000 at his sentencing in July 2014.

Norman also faces one felony count of stealing a car.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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Tessa Smith
Tessa Smith

I NEVER go out {other than errands/kids} and I went out for the first {and as of today, still the last} time in years {attended Pale Divine concert :-) } all to walk down the street in The Loop ironically right in front of The Moonrise Hotel is where some crazy guy pulled my hair from the back and caressed it {all within some scary seconds that felt like months} and preceded to compliment me in such a nasty way. So I have to agree, there's not enough security. It's a shame too, Joe has worked hard for years to help our city and it's own residents are working against him and the city.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

that is why i go to chesterfield this kind of stuff never happens there

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

^ liberal logic. because we don't want to deal with the fact MOST of the crime happens in about 6 zip codes, let's use the fact crime happens sometimes in ALL zip codes to avoid fixing the problem in those 6.

ShaniquaJefferson
ShaniquaJefferson

"technically the victim"

Is this how far we are stretching political correctness? Waffling the hazy uber-left terminology are we?

The "target" was a thug, shot by another thug.

Then this thug made others' his "victims" when he stole their car.


Note to RFT--- Gangstas are not victims. They are active players in a game of death, drugs, and violence. That STloo  game most often spills out onto the real "victims" in this city.





Kassie Kumpf
Kassie Kumpf

But let's all ignore the crime in the county and rural areas...because that NEVER happens...oh no crime only happens in city limits.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Stayed there ONCE. Upon checking in with valet, we were approached by three, yes three people asking for money, cigs and harassed us. There was no security or employee telling the men to remove themselves from the area unless they are staying at the hotel. Having to park valet, should never be met by aggressive hustlers. These men were not homeless- just intimidating. When an area has to actually post official signs saying not to "give money to strangers" like "don't feed the birds"- your city needs some help. I'm from STL- and I know the difference between homeless and hustler. Problem is, the gun crimes and violence in our city. It's out of control. The possibility of having a crime committed against you in STL- is, well.... Most likely.

Jeremy Schwartz
Jeremy Schwartz

I hope that valet was fired for making such a bad mistake.

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

Everyone who is caught with an illegal gun should have their trigger finger cut off. No questions, no appeal, step right up and meet the bolt cutters. Unless you commit a crime with it...then we get the whole hand.

Michael Kepler
Michael Kepler

More reasons to stay away from Delmar, as if a 45 minute way to turn left isn't enough.

Byron Hill
Byron Hill

Ugh. Every single time I think about moving back to St. Louis...

Erica Boostrom
Erica Boostrom

It sounds like the valet wasn't the brightest bulb in the box either...

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