Police said a gunman shot dead two women and a man before killing himself in a business on Cherokee Street in south St. Louis.(Photo: KSDK-TV)
By Michael Winter, USA TODAY
Two men and two women were shot dead Thursday afternoon in a
murder-suicide after an argument at a St. Louis business, police
A semiautomatic handgun was recovered.
The shooting occurred about 1:45 p.m. CT (2:45 p.m. ET) on Cherokee Street, in the south end of the city, KSDK-TV said. The gunman worked at a home health care business inside the Cherokee Place Business Incubator, said Police Capt. Michael Sack.
said the gunman argued with the three victims before opening fire and
then killing himself. The dead were all in their early 40s to mid-50s.
No details yet about the nature of the argument or whether the three victims were employees or customers.
A lawyer with an office in the building told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the health care business was owned and staffed by Somalian immigrants, and that he had heard "heated arguing" before.
The building is a former movie theater that houses between five and 10 small enterprises.
Associated Press writes that the shooting occurred "where many
Hispanics have relocated in recent years. The street is lined with
antique shops, kitsch stores and other shops."