Gunshots shatter glass and shake residents in downtown

ST. LOUIS — The glass was broken early Wednesday morning at an emergency care center on the 900 block of Olive Street in downtown St. Louis. Similar damage occurred at the Bailey’s Range restaurant building on the same block.

The damaged windows were boarded up several hours later, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating what they describe as damage from gunfire after 2 a.m. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday afternoon.

“We want more security,” says Aneka Keck, a downtown resident who lives nearby. “We want cameras to actually capture what’s going on here in the middle of the night.”

She and several other downtown residents point to the Bell Lofts on the same block as an area where short-term rentals have sparked parties and shootings. FOX 2 could not reach the attic owners for comment.

“You would never think someone would be deaf from hearing gunshots, but if you hear them three or four times a week, they would be deaf,” said Eric Keck. “It’s like July 4th again.”

The Kecks hope more is done to keep the area safe. They want a stronger police presence.

“It’s a shame because it could be such a great area and unfortunately we have a handful of people doing the same,” said Aneka Keck.

“Hopefully they address it before it gets out of hand,” Eric said.

St. Louis residents who have concerns about a problem property may contact the St. Louis Department of Public Safety and the Citizens’ Service Bureau to report their concerns.

According to a spokesman for the St. Louis Department of Public Safety, the department is committed to keeping residents and visitors safe and will continue to work with police and other city leaders to develop a comprehensive plan to create safer communities for all. Gunshots shatter glass and shake residents in downtown

Sarah Y. Kim

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