One dead, three recovering from gunshot wounds in MO

BERKELEY, MO (WITI) – FOX6's news partners at KTVI in St. Louis say one man is dead and three others are recovering from gunshot wounds after a shootout in the parking lot of a Berkeley apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, June 18th. Police are still trying to sort out who shot whom, but they say all suspects are in custody.

It began just before 2:00 p.m., when one witness, who asked not to be identified, heard arguing outside his apartment.

“He was like 'don’t keep reaching at your pocket.' So the guy reached at his pocket, and I heard the gunshots. Then there was a pause and then there was a single shot. Pow. And that was it. I walked out and seen one victim laying on the ground and a car rolling off," the witness told KTVI.

Steve Steed was in his children’s bedroom, and says he heard seven shots fired in the exchange.

“It was definitely different. They were different guns. When I looked out I just seen the guy, I don’t know if it’s a guy or a girl, but I seen the grey car pull off," Steed said.

The grey car, a Grand Am, made it to James S. McDonnell Boulevard, next to the airport. It’s unclear if it was pulled over or simply stopped, but soon ambulances were there, transporting three more to the hospital.

Back at the Madeline Manor Apartments, near Natural Bridge and Marshall, the initial gunshot victim was bleeding in the parking log.

“I see one of the guys laid out in a puddle of blood and his girlfriend, I guess his girlfriend, sitting next to him trying to apply pressure to the wound,” Steed said.

And that unidentified witness says others were watching.

“The victim that got shot, he’s got five kids over there. He’s got five kids over there. Daughter comes outside and sees dad on the ground and mom holding him by the neck. Adults are gonna be adults, but I mean, my heart goes out to the kids," the witness told KTVI.

For Steed, the irony is the fact he had moved his kids to this Berkeley complex for safety.

“My kids just moved here three days ago, and we moved them from violent areas and we come out here and we get a wake-up call," Steed said.

Three weapons were recovered in this incident.