On Thursday, two utility workers in a residential St. Louis neighborhood were killed after being shot by a gunman who killed himself afterwards.
According to police, the shooting occurred at around 11:15 a.m. in the west side of the city. The shooter headed towards the two Laclede Gas Co. workers and shot them, afterwards, he shot himself.
Up until now, the cause of the shooting is unknown. However, as a precaution, Laclede Gas and another utility, the electric company Ameren Missouri, stated that they have removed their workers from the streets for the reminder of the day.
Police Capt. Mary Warnecke said: “We have no motive at this point in the investigation. It does not appear words were exchanged.”
The workers were connecting gas service to 37-year-old Manyika McCoy’s home, she told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she was at her mother’s house nearby when a man walked towards the workers. One worker was using a jackhammer while the other was in a backhoe.
McCoy said: “I heard pop, pop. The worker in the backhoe kept saying, ‘Wait, wait,’ but the man just kept shooting at him.” She added that the worker collapsed in the street.
Two days prior, another shooting occurred. 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, shot three men, including a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. employee in downtown Fresno, California, in unprovoked attacks. Muhammad, who is black, was wanted in the murder a security guard, he has discussed wanting to kill white people on his Facebook page. Mohamed has been arrested.
The St. Louis shooter is black, while both victims are white, however police stated that there’s no indication the shooting was racially motivated.
Police hasn’t released the names of the victims and the shooter. According to authorities, one of the man was in his 20s while the other was in his 50s.
Laclede Gas issued a statement saying: “We are shocked and grieving today after two of our Laclede Gas employees were shot and killed this morning at one of our job sites. We are connecting with their loved ones now. And, we are working with police to understand more about this crisis. We are heartbroken, as you can imagine, and ask that you hold these employees, their families, their friends, Laclede Gas workers and our communities in your thoughts and prayers.”
According to police statistics, St. Louis has one of the US’s highest homicide rates, in both 2015 and 2016 the city had 188 murders, and this year it has recorded 45 until April 18.