The Mayor of Wellston wants to close the market after a shooting and other crimes

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Police want to know why a local market is the source of so much chaos. It’s a shop that serves a community that is a grocery island, with the nearest grocery store 2 miles away.

On Thursday, FOX 2 revealed exclusive video of a shooting that took place at the Wellston Food Market last month.

Four people visiting the Page Avenue market began shooting at each other around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 27. An innocent buyer was shot in the stomach. Another buyer’s car was destroyed by gunfire.

North County Police Cooperative Major Ron Martin wants answers.

“Why is this place causing such chaos? I dare say thousands of families and friends have a loved one who has experienced some type of violence in this business,” Martin said.

Service calls have reached nearly 2,000 in recent years. Calls ranging from assaults to complaints about large gatherings.

A call about a stolen check in 2019 led to the shooting of North County Police Cooperative Officer Micheal Langsdorf inside the company.

Martin said the store “serves a good cause for 99% of the people who are the good people.”

“Unfortunately, this store also has an element for the villain,” he continued. “That strikes me as odd. Why does the villain choose this place?”

Wellston is a community where the nearest grocery store for some may be 2 miles away. However, Wellston Mayor Nathaniel Griffin said these buyers deserve to be safe and he is preparing to take legal action.

“We want to shut them down forever,” Griffin said.

The mayor said it takes time to make sure they’re getting it right. He said the city has struggled with similar measures regarding other companies in the past.

“(We) lost a lot of lawsuits when I came in and it hurt our general fund tremendously,” he said. “And that’s why I want to make sure that I’m doing the right thing with taxpayers’ money, but at the same time I’m also protecting and protecting our citizens’ business owners and citizens.”

The Foreign Secretary’s notes led us to the business owner, who resides in a secure building in the Central West End. The phone booth by the locked door allows you to call him directly, but his fax machine rings. FOX 2 also faxed him a request for comment. He did not answer.

“It’s anything but talk,” Martin said when he asked for civic participation. “It’s at the point of the action and I think the action happens when we get to the table.”

Detectives are also still trying to identify three of the four gunmen in the May 27 shooting. The trial of the suspect charged with the shooting and killing of police officer Michael Langsdorf begins Monday in Clayton.

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Nate Jones

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