One killed, three wounded in two St. Louis shootings

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Police are searching for gunmen who opened fire on a group of men about 1:40 p.m. Friday in the O’Fallon neighborhood, killing one man and wounding another.

Police said the shooting appear to be drug-related.

A witness to the shooting, Vic Smith, 57, said four men in a red Maxima were parked in the 4400 block of Clarence Avenue in north St. Louis, and were talking to six or seven men standing on the sidewalk.

Smith said a disagreement arose and two men in the car jumped out, drew guns and chased the group into a gangway and began firing. Police on Saturday identified the dead man as Jason Pruitt, 30, of the 6300 block of Olive Street. He died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

“It has gone too far,” Smith said. “And I think it’s getting ready to get worse because there’s so many of these guys out here without jobs. It needs to stop.”

A pregnant woman who came to the scene was told the father of her children was the dead man. The man’s mother also arrived and identified him. They screamed and were comforted by family members.

Neighbor Tiffany Palmer, 36, who is raising three children in the neighborhood, said her children play a game where they pretend that they have been shot.

“They practice what to do if someone is shooting,” she said sadly. She said she tells her kids, 14, 8 and 7, to stop and drop like if they were in a fire to avoid gunshots if they hear them.

About 3 p.m. Friday police responded to the 3200 block of Barrett Street for a shooting where a 16-year-old boy and 21-year-old man were shot. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

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