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The suspected killer of a 9-year-old boy who was shot while riding with family members in July has been charged with ten counts relating to the case.

St. Louis city prosecutors charged 22-year-old Marquan D. Bland yesterday with first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault and six other counts. Bland is accused of killing Tyrese Short after firing several shots into a sports utility vehicle.

Police have said they believe Tyrese's father and another man were the shooters' intended targets.

 

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Charges are filed against two men who allegedly broke into a woman's home on Tuesday.

Police say Terrill Wise and Jahon Anderson kicked down the door of the woman's home on Lafayette near I-44. The woman grabbed her one-year-old child and hid in a shower in the upstairs bathroom. The mother says she heard the suspects moving throughout her home and one even came into the bathroom but did not see her. The woman called 911 and when an officer arrived, he confronted the suspects.

The officer says a suspect attacked him and that is when he shot the man. Other officers responded to the scene and both suspects were captured. Wise and Anderson now face multiple felony charges.

The woman and her child were not hurt. 

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ASHLAND, Mo. (AP) - Police in central Missouri say a teenager shot and killed himself as he was being taken into custody for allegedly sending a text threatening school violence.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday near Ashland. The name of the 17-year-old student has not been released.

Boone County Maj. Tom Reddin says the teen sent a text to another student Monday night saying something dramatic was going to happen at school Tuesday, something that would include loss of life.

The family of the teen who received the text contacted police. Reddin says that as officers went to take in the teen who sent the message, he asked to get dressed.

Reddin says that's when the teen went into the home, retrieved a handgun and shot himself in the chest.

 

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Two men are accused of shooting and killing a man outside of an East St. Louis nightclub.

Police say Dameon Floore and Torcus Boone killed Kenneth Richards in the parking lot of Denese's Place. Floore is in police custody and held on $9,000,000 bail.

Boone remains at large and is reportedly in the metro east. Police say Boone should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about their location should call the Illinois State Police at 618-346-3990 or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

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FRANKFORD, Mo. (AP) - A 45-year-old suburban St. Louis man accused of shooting his adult son to death told a northeast Missouri deputy that "he had no other choice."

Michael Lee Phillips of St. John is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action after the shooting death of 22-year-old Jeff Chisholm in rural Pike County last Saturday night.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that Phillips said he first fired a warning shot that didn't dissuade his son from advancing as they fought.

A probable cause statement says witnesses reported Chisholm arguing with his girlfriend and then his mother as she tried to prevent her son from driving after he had been drinking.

Phillips was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning. Online court records do not list an attorney on his behalf.

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A strip club in East St. Louis could be facing harsh penalties after a fatal shooting over the weekend.

Police say 20-year-old Kenneth Richards was shot and killed in the parking lot of Denese's Place late Saturday night. The club has had its liquor license suspended until the results of a hearing that takes place Wednesday at 2:30 PM. Officials say the hearing could result in more penalties.

Police meanwhile continue their search for an SUV involved in the shooting. The vehicle is described as a white GMC Yukon or Suburban. Anyone with information is asked to  call Crimestoppers at (866) 371-TIPS (8477).

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STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri murder case will hinge on claims of self-defense and whether a property owner had the right to shoot a canoer who may have intruded on his land.

James Crocker had grown weary of the people encroaching on his property along the Meramec River. A nasty confrontation in July ended when Crocker allegedly shot and killed Paul Dart Jr., who was on a canoe trip.

Defense attorney Michael Bert says Crocker is covered by the state's castle doctrine, which allows the use of deadly force to protect property. Bert says Crocker also felt his life was in danger.

Prosecutors cited witnesses who said Crocker flew into a rage and opened fire after a man relieved himself near his yard. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

 

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Sunday, 01 September 2013 07:08

Man shot, killed in downtown St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man was killed and a woman wounded by shots fired from a vehicle that was chasing other vehicles.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the shooting happened early Saturday. Police identified the man who was killed as Desmond Adair of St. Louis.

Police say the suspect was in a vehicle that chased two vehicles through city streets. The vehicle in which Adair was riding struck a pole. Occupants in the second vehicle that was being fired upon stopped and pulled Adair out. They took him to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 23-year-old woman in the second vehicle was shot in the arm. She was listed in stable condition at an area hospital.

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   FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist what he believed would be a path to martyrdom in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.

   The American-born Muslim, who has said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression, never denied being the gunman. In opening statements, he acknowledged to the jury that he pulled the trigger in a crowded waiting room where troops were getting final medical checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

   Hasan could become the first American soldier executed in more than half a century once automatic appeals are exhausted. But the lead prosecutor assured jurors that Hasan would "never be a martyr" despite his attempt to tie the attack to his Islamic faith.

   Gale Hunt, whose son was killed in the shooting, told reporters, "Anyone who would use their religion to commit acts of terrorism serves no god except their own hatred and self-interest."

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A suspect is back in custody after police say he escaped a St. Louis hospital.

Why was he in the hospital? He was shot in the face during an attempted burglary.

The owner of an East St. Louis towing company was patrolling the company grounds when he saw two burglars. The owner shot one of the men in the head before calling police. One suspect was arrested, the other taken to SLU hospital. While the injured suspect was in the hospital, he managed to escape and fled to his girlfriend's apartment. Police quickly found him and arrested him again.

The suspect will need reconstructive facial surgery, but is expected to survive.

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