South St. Louis shooting under investigation, suspect injured

ST. LOUIS – A shooting Tuesday afternoon in south St. Louis led to a big police response from several jurisdictions.

There was a heavy police presence in the 4400 block of Alaska in south St. Louis. It was a wide-ranging scene, with activity suspected on three streets over several blocks.

The gunfire exchange involved St. Louis County Police, according to a department spokesperson. She said county investigators were conducting surveillance on a homicide suspect in south St. Louis.

Police said that when investigators approached the suspect, they pulled out a gun and shots were fired.

The suspect was wounded and no officers were injured. Police said the suspect was stable but in critical condition.

The investigation is currently in the hands of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s Force Investigation Unit.

FOX 2 spotted several evidence markers, one car on the road with a door open, and intense focus on one home in a blocked-off area.

Shots were heard around the neighborhood, startling locals.

Sterling Jones, owner of Shay’s Donuts, was inside his business on Virginia Avenue when he heard the incident.

“I was sitting here cooking and heard probably about 40 to 50 shots,” he said.

Jones described the neighborhood as improving and credits a police presence for helping residents and business owners feel safe.

“It wasn’t always a good area, but it’s getting better,” Jones said.

One of the shop’s regular customers, Terrelle Malone, said that while the gunfire was unexpected, he’s come to be prepared for the possibility of gunfire at any time.

“That’s why we pretty much wake up saying our prayers,” he said. “Because you never know what’s ahead of you.”

This is a developing story. More information will be posted here as it comes into the FOX 2 newsroom.

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