4 peo­ple shot to death in St. Louis-area home; sus­pect held

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‘‘ DUR­ING THAT PHONE CALL, THE 911 OP­ER­A­TOR COULD HEAR GUN­SHOTS IN THE BACK­GROUND. St. Charles Po­lice Lt. Tom Wilk­i­son

Four peo­ple were fa­tally shot in­side a St.-Louis­area home, and the sus­pect ex­changed gun­fire with po­lice as he fled just af­ter mid­night Satur­day be­fore be­ing taken into cus­tody just af­ter dawn in a con­ve­nience store where he had sought shel­ter.

Three vic­tims were found dead in­side the home in St. Charles, Mis­souri, a city of about 70,000 peo­ple on the Mis­souri River north­west of St. Louis. A fourth vic­tim was taken to a lo­cal hospi­tal and died there, said St. Charles Po­lice Lt. Tom Wilk­i­son.

Po­lice stopped the sus­pect as he tried to drive away from the home, and a short gun bat­tle fol­lowed. The sus­pect then fled on foot, tried un­suc­cess­fully to steal a woman’s car, stabbed her and fled again on foot.

Her in­juries were not life-threat­en­ing, au­thor­i­ties said.

The sus­pect was taken into cus­tody at a con­ve­nience store a few miles away at about 7:30 a.m. Satur­day. He also was in­jured, and Wilk­i­son said he re­mained in a lo­cal hospi­tal Satur­day.

Po­lice were called to the scene by a call from within the home a few min­utes be­fore mid­night Fri­day, though they were not say­ing who made it.

“Dur­ing that phone call, the 911 op­er­a­tor could hear gun­shots in the back­ground,” Wilk­i­son told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Au­thor­i­ties were not re­leas­ing the names of the vic­tims, pend­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tion of their rel­a­tives.

They also did not name the sus­pect or pro­vide de­tails about the weapon he used or his po­ten­tial mo­tives. Au­thor­i­ties also did not know whether he was in­jured while ex­chang­ing shots with po­lice or at an­other time.

Of­fi­cers from mul­ti­ple law en­force­ment agen­cies and he­li­copter and SWAT units con­verged in the neigh­bor­hood where the shootings oc­curred and cor­doned it off but couldn’t find the sus­pect. He was re­ported at the con­ve­nience store about seven hours later.

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