Tuesday, April 8, 2014

UPDATE: Dean's List Student Killed, Infant Injured in Shooting On the Way to Church

Posted By on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

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A shooting Sunday afternoon left a St. Louis woman dead and put three others, including a nine-month-old, in the hospital.

Four adults and a baby were in a car in the 2500 block of North Market Street, in the St. Louis Place neighborhood, when unknown suspects opened fire around 12:20 p.m., according to police reports.

Jeresha Gatlin, twenty, from the 1800 block of Warren Street just half a mile east of the shooting, was shot in the back. Gatlin was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Update, 3 p.m. Tuesday: May Thomas, one of Gatlin's former students, says Gatlin was on her way to church when she was shot and killed.

"She was just a very good student, very sweet," Thomas tells Daily RFT. "She was just one of those people that will do anything for you."

Gatlin was on the dean's list at the St. Louis College of Health Careers, and she had a 97 percent attendance rate. She was working with the school's office to find a job as a medical assistant, Thomas says. End of update.

See also: Homicide No. 30: Boy, 11, Shot in Head, Killed When Gunman Attacks South St. Louis Family

Two other passengers were shot and injured: A nineteen-year-old man in the car was shot in the buttocks and leg, and a twenty-year-old man was shot in the neck, back and wrist. Both are in stable condition at the hospital.

A nine-month-old girl in the car was injured, but not by a bullet. Shattered glass caused a minor abrasion, and the girl was released from the hospital after being treated. A fifth passenger, a 23-year-old woman, was not injured.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police say they are still investigating the homicide, which is No. 36 in the city of St. Louis in 2014.

Here's the full report from police:

Incident: Homicide Location: 2500 block of N. Market Date/Time: 4/06/14 @ 12:20 Victim #1: Jeresha Gatlin, 20-year old black female of the 1800 block of Warren (deceased) Victim #2: 19-year old black male (stable) Victim #3: 20-year old black male (stable) Victim #4: 23-year old black female (not injured) Victim #5: 9-month old black female (minor laceration) Suspect(s): Unknown Homicide was requested to the above location for a "shooting" with three victims being conveyed to local hospitals with gunshot wounds. Victim #1 sustained a gunshot wound to the back and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Victim #2 sustained gunshot wounds to the buttocks and leg and was listed as stable. Victim #3 sustained gunshot wounds to the neck, back and wrist and was listed in critical/stable condition. Victim #4 was not injured. Victim #5 sustained a minor abrasion caused by shattered glass and was conveyed to a hospital where she was treated and released. Investigation revealed the victims were in a vehicle when unknown suspects fired shots at them. The investigation is ongoing.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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