in St. Louis isn't falling as fast as the overall decline in murders this year.
And true to form, the second half of 2009 (which began yesterday, July 1) started out with a fresh teen homicide. This one, though, was somewhat unusual because of the age of the gunman.
Police say 60-year-old Johnnie Pulley Jr.
gunned down 17-year-old Brandon Colenburg
in cold blood yesterday in the 700 block of North Union Blvd. (near the intersection of Delmar). The shooting occurred around 8:05 a.m. when Pulley shot Colenburg in the side.
View Larger MapThe intersection of Delmar and Union near where the homicide occurred.
According to police, Pulley made a statement to the victim just prior to the shooting. Pulley later told police that he believed Colenburg may have been someone who previously assaulted him. Colenburg was unarmed.
An off-duty officer heard the gunshots and ran to the scene where he apprehended Pulley and recovered his weapon. Colenburg was rushed to a hospital and died during surgery. He is the 13th teenager (between the ages of 13 and 19) killed in the city in 2009.
Pulley was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Police say it's unclear whether Colenburg had indeed assaulted Pulley in a previous incident.
Yesterday we reported how the rate of