Violent Burglars Shoot Woman on Third Attempt to Break Into Her Home in One Day

click to enlarge Facing east on the 3200 block of Taft Avenue toward Virginia Avenue, where cops eventually arrested the suspects. - Google Maps
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Facing east on the 3200 block of Taft Avenue toward Virginia Avenue, where cops eventually arrested the suspects.

The third time's the charm -- at least when it comes to catching violent criminals.

St. Louis police arrested two men suspected of trying to shoot, kick and shatter their way into a residence in the 3200 block of Taft Avenue three back-to-back times on Monday. On the third attempt, the armed burglars shot a 36-year-old woman in the shoulder before officers arrived and chased them down.

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It all started around 4:50 p.m., when the gunmen, a 21-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, started shooting at the woman and three teenagers at the home: a 19-year-old woman, a 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl. After opening fire, the suspects tried to kick down the front door to the victims' residence, finally throwing bricks through the windows before running away to escape responding officers.

After the cops left, the persistent gunmen came back for a second attempt at breaking in. When that didn't work, they returned a third time around 6:37 p.m. and started shooting into the building and through the residence's damaged door, striking the woman in the shoulder.

The woman and teens managed to keep the armed burglars out of their residence, police said.

Arriving officers chased the gunmen down and arrested them in the 4500 block of Virginia Avenue, one block to the west.

The woman struck by a bullet was listed in stable condition at the hospital, police said.

Here's the full report from police:

Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting), Burglary 1st, ACA, Property Damage 2nd (Arrest)

Location: 3200 block of Taft

Date/Time: 12/29/14 @ 16:50

Victim #1: 19-year old black female

Victim #2: 16-year old black male

Victim #3: 16-year old black female

Victim #4: 36-year old black female (stable)

Suspect #1: 21-year old black male

Suspect #2: 20-year old black male

Prior to this incident, officers responded to the above address for a disturbance between two groups of individuals who were involved in an altercation. The victims stated that the suspects fired shots at them, and then attempted to kick in the front door to the victims' residence. When the suspects failed to gain entry to the victims' residence, they fled the scene and threw bricks at the windows of the building as they were leaving, breaking them. Officers responded but did not locate the suspects. A short time later, the suspects returned to attempt to gain entry to the victims' residence. They left after failing, but returned a third time. When the victims' continued to keep the suspects' out of their residence, the suspects began shooting through the damaged door and into the building. Victim #4 was struck in the shoulder. None of the other victims were injured. Officers responded and observed the suspects attempt to flee. Officers followed the suspects and took both suspects into custody in the 4500 block of Virginia without incident. Victim #4 was conveyed to a hospital and listed as stable. The investigation is ongoing.

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