Maplewood Police have said the shots reported fired at the Shop ‘n Save parking lot on Friday resulted from a drug deal that took place in a vehicle parked there.
Police released this statement Saturday afternoon:
On April 27, 2018 at approximately 6:20 p.m., Maplewood Police Officers responded to the adjoining parking lot of Citizens National Bank and Shop ‘n Save, located in the 7300 block of Manchester Road for the report of shots fired.
Through investigation, it was determined that three individuals were involved in a drug transaction inside a vehicle parked on the parking lot. While the three subjects were inside the vehicle, one subject was robbed at gunpoint by the driver. After the robbery occurred inside the vehicle, two subjects exited the vehicle, and a brief physical altercation ensued.
After the physical altercation just outside the vehicle, one of the three subjects involved, identified as 23 year old Justin Jones, residing in the 4300 block of Compton in St. Louis, Missouri, produced a handgun and began firing towards the vehicle in which the robbery occurred. The vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed, and is believed to have been struck by the gunfire of Jones.
During the altercation, a 30-year-old woman unrelated to the original incident, was walking in the immediate area with an acquaintance. She was struck once by the errant gunfire of Jones. She was taken to a local hospital where she currently is listed in critical condition.
Justin Jones and another subject were taken into custody. The third subject is not currently in custody.
On April 28, 2018 warrants were issued regarding Justin Jones for the charges of Assault 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon through the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Bond was set at $250,000.00.
The Maplewood Police are currently seeking the third subject involved, a man believed to be residing in North St. Louis County. The man sought was last seen driving a grey Chrysler 300 with damage from gunfire.
Any further inquiries can be directed to Detective Sergeant John LeClerc at 314-646-3630 or j-leclerc@cityofmaplewood. com.