Update: The St. Louis metropolitan police department today identified the latest homicide victim in the city's College Hill neighborhood. Our original coverage is below.
Michael Goodlow, a 47-year old man who lived on the of 1100 block of Linton Avenue, was shot and killed last week in the middle of the night. Officers found him lying on the ground near the driver's side door of a car, close to wear he lives.
Goodlow is the 37th homicide victim in the city of St. Louis in 2013.
Original post, Friday, May 31, 6 a.m.: There's been another fatal shooting in the College Hill neighborhood.
Police say that early Thursday morning, officers responded to a call for a shooting at the 1500 block of Linton Avenue. When they arrived just after 1 a.m., they found a male victim lying on the ground near the driver's side door of a car.
He had been shot in the head several times.
Police have not yet released the name of the victim, who, officers say, was pronounced dead on the scene. Officials say they have identified him.
The suspect or suspects, as of this writing, remain unknown.
This man is the 37th homicide victim in the city of St. Louis in 2013 and the latest to fall to gun violence in the College Hill neighborhood, which, officials have acknowledged, has been a problematic area for crime.
In response to the shootings, the metro police department earlier this year launched a so-called "hot-spot initiative" in College Hill.
Hot-spot policing involves a concentrated effort in one area -- and over a two-week period, police made forty arrests and removed five guns from the street, the mayor's office told us back in February. In the second stage, officials focused on clean-up locally to deter future crime. That included securing vacant houses, removing debris from alleys, fixing broken lights, checking that homeowners and landlords are bringing properties up to building code compliance and more.
Other local elected officials have also worked to expand the surveillance network in the neighborhood as a way to curb crime.
Here's the full SLMPD alert from this week's latest homicide. We'll update when police identify the victim.
Incident: Homicide Location: 1500 block of Linton Date/Time: 05/30/2013 @ 01:06 Victim(s): Unidentified black male Suspect: Unknown Officers responded to a call for a shooting and upon arrival, located the victim lying on the ground near the driver's side door of a vehicle. He had suffered several gunshot wounds to the head and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has not been positively identified and next of kin has not been notified. The investigation is ongoing.
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