St. Louis authorities temporarily closed down the Concord Plaza Shopping Center after a man was shot by another individual outside a vape shop. The authorities declared that the shooting stemmed from an argument started inside the smoke shop. The suspect later surrendered to the police.
Vape Shop Argument Gone Wrong
According to Sgt. Shawn McGuire of the St. Louis Police Department, the shooting occurred around 1:30 p.m. at the busy Concord Plaza Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Baptist Church Road and Lindbergh.
The events that led to a man being rushed to the local hospital in critical condition began to unfold earlier that day while the victim was inside the MoVape store. According to the eyewitnesses, the individual got into an argument with a 20-year-old man.
At one point, the two individuals left the vape shop and continued arguing in the shopping center’s parking lot. Several minutes later, the argument between the two individuals took a turn for the worst, when the second individual pulled out a gun and shot the man.
The authorities were immediately notified and arrived shortly before 1:30 p.m. The victim was rushed in critical condition to the local hospital while officers combed the area for the suspect.
According to Sgt. McGuire, the suspect surrendered to the police at approximately 2:00 p.m. At this point, it’s still not clear what triggered the argument between the two individuals or why the 20-year-old suspect decided to shoot the man.
The hospital refused to release any information about the wounded individual but declared that the man was brought in critical condition. McGuire says that this case requires more workforce that the force could offer, as there are many eyewitnesses to interview since the Concord Plaza Shopping Center is a busy city node.
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