St. Louis mall in lockdown as police respond to reports of shots fired in apparent argument

Reports of shots fired in apparent argument sent St. Louis mall into lockdown

  • Gunshots were heard around 7:45pm in the West County Mall in St Louis
  • Chief of Des Peres police said it was an altercation between two groups 
  • Local news channel KMOV reported that no one was injured 
  • The mall was put on lockdown and St Louis police are on the scene
  • Missouri Highway Patrol said one person is in custody following the shooting 
  • A security source at the mall told they were waiting for all-clear 

Police in St Louis County were called to a shopping mall in the city of Des Peres amid reports of a gun being fired, in an altercation between two groups.

Eric Hall, chief of Des Peres police, said: ‘The center has been secured and there is no further threat to the community.’

No one was injured, according to local news channel KMOV.

Steve Stein, assistant director of security at the West County Mall, told that gunshots rang out around 7:45pm.

He said the mall was due to close at 8pm, and there were ‘a number of people’ inside.

‘Everybody is in lockdown, and there are police everywhere,’ he told

‘The police are trying to secure the building. There are a number of people in lockdown, and we’re just waiting for the all clear.’ 

The West County mall in St Louis, Missouri, is currently in lockdown, security sources said

The West County mall in St Louis, Missouri, is currently in lockdown, security sources said

The mall is located in Des Peres, a city in West St Louis County located around 15 miles from downtown St Louis and the Mississippi river.

Missouri Highway Patrol told KSDK News that the shooting was the result of an argument between two people.

They said one person is in custody. 

Workers inside the mall said they heard gunshots. 

Chad Pearson, who was shopping at the time, told KMOV4: ‘We were going to stop at one more store, and all of a sudden, just a loud pop. 

‘I turned back and I see kids start running.

‘Then three more. Pop. Pop. Pop.’


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