Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Four killed in St Louis shooting

St Louis police at the scene of the shooting (AP/St Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)
An official Twitter account said that two women and two men had been killed (AP/St Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)

Four people have been killed in a shooting in St Louis, police in Missouri said.

On their official Twitter account, police confirmed that two males and two females had died in a murder-suicide incident at a business five minutes south of the city centre.

The victims were reported to be the gunman and three victims.

A single ambulance was parked outside the building as hundreds of people gathered nearby to see what was going on.

The business is in an area where many Hispanics have relocated in recent years. The street is lined with antique shops, kitsch stores and other outlets.

St Louis police said an argument inside a business had escalated into violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself.

Police Captain Michael Sack said the shooting happened in a building that houses multiple businesses. The victims' names have not been released but Mr Sack said they appeared to be in their early 40s to mid 50s in age.

He said the three victims worked in the building but he did not have any other details about them. An employee of another business heard gunshots and called police.

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