Gunman in Rolling Downtown Shootout Injures Two, Gets Charged with Assault

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Jarel Mays
Two men were shot during a shootout that started at a gas station in the 1600 block of South Jefferson Avenue and continued all the way into the heart of St. Louis' downtown.

Jarel Mays, 23, of the 2600 block of Carolina, faces four counts of first-degree assault and four counts of armed criminal action for chasing and shooting four people in a car in a gun battle that stretched across several St. Louis neighborhoods just after midnight on Sunday.

Four people -- ages 21, 23, 25 and 27 -- were in the car when Mays started chasing and shooting them. The 23-year-old was shot in the back, and the 27-year-old was shot in the side. Both men are listed as in stable condition. The other two people were not injured, according to police.

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St. Louis police first responded to calls about gunshots downtown at 18th and Market streets, but while they were investigating, another shooting call came from less than a mile away, at N. Tenth and Olive streets. Investigators found that the shootout started at a gas station in the 1600 block of Jefferson Avenue.

Mays is held on a $200,000 cash-only bond.

Here's the full report from police:

Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting)

Location: 900 block of Olive

Date/Time: 5/18/14 @ 0044

Victim #1: 23-year old black male

Victim #2: 27-year old black male

Victim #3: 21-year old black male

Victim #4: 25- year old black female

Suspect: Unknown

Officers responded to calls for shots fired in the area of 18th & Market. While officers where investigating, another call for a shooting in the area of N. 10th and Olive was received. Witnesses stated the suspect vehicle had started chasing and firing gunshots at the victim's vehicle in the 1600 block of S. Jefferson as they were leaving a gas station. Victim #1 suffered a gunshot wound to his back. He was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition. Victim #2 suffered a gunshot wound to his side. He was transported to a local hospital where his is listed in critical/stable condition. Victim #3 and Victim #4 were not injured. The suspect vehicle fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

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


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Meika Nevalooknback Daniels
Meika Nevalooknback Daniels

Dam. I kno racism still exist bt to see grown ass people talk like dis whn blacks whites all races sumone is doin a crime cnt discriminate. Ive grew up n da city n went to public school n I didn't do no crime n sum people cnt help how dey were raised

Dan Carthen
Dan Carthen

I saw the car parked over on Olive downtown. Police tape had the area blocked off. Back window of the Grand Prix had a large bullet hole in it.

Madison Davis
Madison Davis

Speaking as a white woman that works for a mall management corporation, the black community isn't the fault of failure with the places that you noted. Did they commit crimes there? of course! just like they do at other shopping center with other criminals of other races. Places such as The former N.W.P, Jamestown and the St. Louis Outlet Mall (Mills) have suffered more from being under poor ownership, lack of upkeep and and inconvenient locations by today's standards.The crimes that occurred there didn't help, but that wasn't the overall reason of their demise. Blacks didn't force Crestwood to close, nor is it in a black neighborhood, but it suffered like the rest of them. I know more about this than the public. There are many blacks that go to Galleria, Mid Rivers, West and South Co Malls and they don't look like they're hurting for business.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

I wish I could find this white privilege everyone keeps talking about.

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

See, if whites are so privileged, Bob would know how to spell. Sorry Bob, I had to. :)

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

I'm waiting !!!! Come on !! Who's going to be the first black person to use the race card ? :) Even the grocery store's close up because of stealing downtown ! An shuncks downtown has there own ARMED security ! An are all over ! This is just sickening !

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

An the black community wants more tax dollars to fix up the place ? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ! How about cleaning up the place you already have ? AN STOP TURNING EVERYTHING INTO A GHETTO ! Like even people (white/black/whatever) want to spend there ! Look at north west plaza /James town / chesterfeild /an very soon THE MILLS ! Thanks black community for destroying nice thing's ! An you really want more tax money ?

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

Here we go with the white privilege crap. In case you didn't know, white students do not get the same opportunities as the black students do in a public school. Us "privileged" whites didn't have a special program that would allow us to go to a county school for a better education. If you are poor and white you are stuck going to whatever school they decide to bus you to. That was only for the black students but I guess that is ok. Would you like the list of inner city schools I have attended? Froebel, Wyman, Lafayette, Webster Middle and Gateway High, all inner city schools and I was bussed. You are likely going to comment that Gateway is a magnet school and yes it is but I had been on the waiting list for years. Despite getting straight As my entire time at school I still had to wait because of one thing, my color. Preference was given to minority students.

Kristina Linden
Kristina Linden

Yes but what district? Not every public school offers the same quality of education. That is my point. You are white,therefore you are privileged; any sociologist who is active in the guild of scholarship will agree with this. My point isn't dismissing bad choices, it contextualizes them and moreover is in response to a previous commenter who suggests avoiding the "ghetto" is a best practice.

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

The majority of my education was through the St Louis Public Schools, just like ALL of the other poor city residents. I have graduated with people that have traveled the world, lived in other countries, some have become doctors, nurses, wonderful teachers, etc. We all received the same levels of education. I wonder if you would stand up and make excuses for the rich people that commit crimes. Using your way of thinking, they had access to some of the best education available, grew up never worrying about what they will eat that day and the only gunshots heard were from their own rifles while pheasant hunting or clay shooting. What is their excuse for committing a crime?

Kristina Linden
Kristina Linden

Not all education is created equal. Kids that are educated in certain school districts do NOT have the same potential as kids that are educated in other counties. To quote a superintendent from a "ghetto" school, "I know this diploma we are handing them is a lie."

Jen A Christopher
Jen A Christopher

I agree with Rachel. Tired of all the excuses. I grew up poor as hell and never committed a crime. It is a PERSONAL choice to do wrong and live wrong. Hell I know of some people who have money and grew up away from the city and yet they are scum bags and criminals. I know someone who is white and has an education and yet steals hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of food and other items from walmarts in tennessee and even though he has been busted numerous times,he has not spent a day in jail for any of this. People need to take responsibility for their actions. All you people giving criminals excuses,wont be allowing any excuses if they were to rob your ass or murder one of your friends or family members or even you. After a certain age,you need to man the hell up and do what's right and not jusy what is socially acceptable because of where someone is living. People who allows others to have retarded excuses like this,is why these things keep happening without real consequences. I hope the next person who blames poverty or way of living,gets robbed or gets put in a dangerous situation,because then maybe you won't want to keep using lame ass excuses on why people have to do wrong in their lives.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Rachel people need excuses because personal responsibility is bad.

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

There is no connection, just excuses. Education is free so there is no reason for one to be uneducated unless you are just lazy. Violence is a choice, again another excuse. It's pathetic that some of you make excuses for people that wouldn't think twice about robbing or harming you. I'm pretty sure I know what it is to be a poor city resident. It's odd that the majority of the other poor city residents don't partake in this type of behavior. Nice try though.

Bradach Ryan-Sir
Bradach Ryan-Sir

Rachel, I'll agree that people make their own bad decisions but if you don't see the connection between, poverty/education/violence/ then I question your definition of poor and growing up in the city

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

Why is bad behavior always blamed on poverty? Sometimes people are just shitty and have no respect for others. I grew up poor and not once did I ever go out and intentionally harm anyone. Oh, I grew up in the city and still live here. Stop making excuses for crappy people.

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

Sara's got shit to learn huh. Prolly from Webster Groves or Creve Queer smh

Kristina Linden
Kristina Linden

As a city resident, I appreciate that people like you stay in the county. Thank you for not concerning yourself with the problem of poverty and structural violence in the "ghetto."

Tim Smythe
Tim Smythe

I swear some of these dudes must have ate lead paint chips as a kid.

Sara Ivie-Trankler
Sara Ivie-Trankler

Keep that shit elsewhere. STL doesn't need the whole city turning into the ghetto. I avoid certain areas so I don't need to worry about getting shot.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Jesus, what skoo did you attend? I want to make sure my city kids avoid dat one like the plague it be

sockeye47
sockeye47

Teachers can teach when students shut up and listen. Doesn't happen in the ghetto. Only difference.

sockeye47
sockeye47

Amen Rachael they want to blame their bad behavior on everyone else.

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