Shooting in St. Louis Kills 1, Injures 9 Young People

Shooting in St. Louis Kills 1, Injures 9 Young People
Police at the scene of an overnight shooting in St. Louis on June 18, 2023. (Courtesy of KMOV)

ST. LOUIS—An overnight shooting in a downtown St. Louis office building killed a 17-year-old and wounded nine other teenagers, the city’s police commissioner said Sunday.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Commissioner Robert Tracy identified the victim who was killed as 17-year-old Makao Moore. A spokesman said a minor is in police custody as a person of interest.

Tracy said victims ranging in age from 15 to 19 suffered gunshot wounds. Some were shot just once or grazed; others were hit multiple times.

A 17-year-old girl was trampled as she fled, seriously injuring her spine, Tracy said.

Police believe teenagers were having a party in an office space on 14th Street and Washington Avenue when the shooting broke out around 1 a.m. Sunday.

“My heart goes out to all of the families in pain today,” Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones said during a Sunday press conference.

Jones appointed Tracy last year. He previously worked at the New York; Chicago; and Wilmington, Delaware, police departments.

Officials said young people from the surrounding suburbs have been coming to downtown St. Louis to hang out this spring, and that about half of the shooting victims are not from the city. Jones said the city is working to provide more safe spaces and activities for teenagers. She called on nearby communities to help address what she described as a regional problem.

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