ST. LOUIS — A security camera caught car theft suspects exchanging gunshots with a homeowner in a south St. Louis neighborhood.
Police said the armed resident confronted four suspects who broke into multiple vehicles in Block 4000 of Castleman. Two of the suspects then opened fire. Authorities said the resident feared for his safety and fired back.
A neighbor, Robert Santos, said the shooting erupted near his home.
“Some people tried to break into cars. Someone came out to yell at her. They shot him and he returned fire,” Santos said. “And chaos followed.”
Santos said he served eight years of active duty in the Air Force. He has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years.
“I was in Afghanistan and I don’t think a bullet got that close to me,” Santos said. “I was only a few feet from where it hit that wall. It scared me quite a bit. Now there’s a piece of brick missing from the side of my house where it meets the window and the room I was in was pretty scary.”
Police said the suspects broke into several vehicles and shot out some of the windows. A local resident, who asked not to be identified, said his car was hit.
“I woke up to gunshots and after checking the camera, I saw that this car had been broken into,” the resident said. “And then gunfire started. The police came here, came out and saw that my truck had been shot at.”
A 14-year-old resident said the suspects also shot him. Police said the suspects fled the area and no one was injured.
The four suspects remain at large. Authorities encourage anyone with information to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).
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