Homicides No. 3-8: 6 Dead, 3 Injured in 19 Bloody Hours of Shootings in St. Louis

This still from the Drury Inn & Suites security camera footage shows the suspect who shot and killed a night manager. Police say the man was wearing a Chicago Bulls ball cap, a black or brown leather waist-length coat, a black tee shirt with white "Adidas" logo across the front and khaki pants.
Violence shook St. Louis from Wednesday into early Thursday morning.

Armed robbers, a jealous boyfriend and a gunman killed six men in separate (and likely unrelated) shootings, and police shot and injured a shoplifting suspect and two suspected car thieves who tried to ram their cars into officers.

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Homicides No. 154-156: Three Killed in Separate Christmas Eve Shootings in St. Louis

Lindsay Toler
Three men were killed and four were injured in Christmas Eve shootings in St. Louis.
In St. Louis, gun violence doesn't take a holiday.

Three young black men were shot dead on Christmas Eve, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police. St. Louis' homicide total for 2014 is nearing 160 deaths, a significant jump from last year's 120 homicides.

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Homicide No. 150: Jeron Frairson Charged With Killing Teen Girl in Double Shooting

Jeron Frairson.
Sixteen-year-old Chelsea Harris was climbing out of the car last Monday afternoon when a gunman opened fire in the street, shooting her and another teen several times. Harris ran into one of the homes that line the 4600 block of Dewey Avenue, a quiet neighborhood street in Dutchtown, and collapsed.

After being rushed to the hospital, Harris was pronounced dead. Her friend, an eighteen-year-old male who'd also been in the car, was in critical but stable condition with several gunshot wounds.

On Friday, the Circuit Attorney's office charged 21-year-old Jeron Frairson for the double shooting. Frairson, of the 3600 block of Missouri Avenue, faces one count of first-degree murder, one count of assault and two counts of armed criminal action. He is being held on a $750,000 cash-only bond.

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Homicide 136: Teens Kill Zemir Begic with Hammers, Police Chief Meets with Protesters

Zemir Begic and his wife.
Zemir Begic's family thought they'd be safe in America after escaping war and bloodshed in Bosnia in 1996. So when he was found beaten to death by teenagers with hammers on a south St. Louis street this weekend, it came as a devastating shock.

"We came to America to get away from crime because we were getting killed," says Zemir's sister, Denisa Begic, 23. "We were refugees. Our families were getting killed, their houses got destroyed and bombed. We came to America to escape from this, and what happens? My brother gets murdered in America."

Early Sunday morning, police found Zemir unconscious with injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth in the 4200 block of Itaska Street, just a mile south of his home. St. Louis police said a group of teens first attacked his car and then turned their hammers on him when he got out.

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Homicides No. 109-110: Brother, Sister Killed in Nearby Shootings Hours Apart

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The 5700 block of Saloma Avenue, where Jermaine Jones was shot to death. Police found gunshot damage to an unoccupied house and a vehicle behind the camera's perspective.
The two people found dead of gunshot wounds in separate St. Louis city shootings Saturday night are brother and sister, according to St. Louis police.

Margaree Dixon, 35, and her brother Jermaine Jones, 29, were both shot to death within three hours of each other late Saturday and early Sunday. Their bodies were found less than half a mile apart in the Walnut Park East neighborhood.

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Homicides No. 106-108: Three Men Slain in Cars By Gunmen in Two Separate Attacks

Lindsay Toler
SLMPD investigated three homicides Tuesday morning.
Three men died in two separate shootings Tuesday morning less than two miles apart in north St. Louis city.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police called to the first shooting around 12:40 a.m. found the body of Keith Thomas, 52, of the 1400 block of East Adelaide Avenue, in the front passenger seat of a car in the 4500 block of Alice Avenue.

Thomas had been shot in the chest, flank, leg and head, and police pronounced him dead on the scene.

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Homicide No. 97: Orlanda Blanchard Shot While Watching Parking Lot Fight

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The Bristol Place Townhomes, where 24-year-old Orlanda Blanchard was shot and killed.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police are investigating a homicide after a fight in an apartment complex parking lot turned deadly and another nearby shooting just nine minutes later sent a twenty-year-old man to the hospital.

Orlanda Blanchard, Jr., 24, of the 3900 block of Olive Street, died Saturday night after he was shot multiple times in the torso in the parking lot of the Bristol Lane Townhomes in Old North St. Louis, according to police reports.

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Homicide No. 95: Gunman Shoots Felita Davis Multiple Times While Driving on I-70

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I-70 eastbound at East Grand Avenue.
A University City woman died Thursday when a car pulled alongside her car while driving on eastbound Interstate 70 near East Grand Avenue and started firing.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson says he isn't sure yet whether Felita Davis, 42, of the 8100 block of Blancha Drive, was the intended target or an innocent bystander.

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Homicide No. 81: Napolean Plummer Shot After Fight Over Buying a Car

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The 7200 block of Michigan Avenue.
A fight over buying a car turned violent early Wednesday morning when a man shot and killed a teenager in south St. Louis, according to St. Louis metropolitan police.

Police found eighteen-year-old Napolean Plummer, of the 9700 block of Lilac Drive, dead inside a car with a gunshot wound to the back at 12:17 a.m. The shooter, a 26-year-old man, is in custody, police said.

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Homicide No. 70: Hoa Le Shot to Death Escaping from Armed Robber

St. Louis police are searching for the gunman who tried to rob two victims and killed one as he tried to escape.

Police found Hoa Le, 37, of the 4300 block of Morganford Road, dead just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning behind the 6200 block of Michigan Avenue. Le had gunshot wounds in the chest, thigh, upper back and lower back.

A second victim, a 33-year-old man, told police he and Le were in a car when the suspect approached them and announced a robbery. The 33-year-old fled from the car and was not injured. Le tried to escape, but he was shot and killed.

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