Police have arrested 23-year-old Deshawn Thomas in connection to a shooting in broad daylight in downtown St. Louis.
A shocking video of the shooting went viral after it was posted to Twitter Monday night before being removed.
It has been reposted but cuts off right before the actual murder.
Syed Sajid, who was in the area shortly after the execution, told KMOV News 4: “When I came here, I’d seen people standing outside, the guy was on the ground.
“I heard he was shot from close range.
“There was the construction guys in that building.
“There were workers from the other building.
“So, it was shocking for the whole downtown.
“And a lot of people went up close, seeing how his face looked.
“It’s scary, you know, of course.
“You get concerned about what’s going to happen to anybody else.”
Brad Waldrop, a local business owner, said: “What I understand is the altercation began at the Shell station.
“That doesn’t surprise me at all.
“There’s been 20 shootings at the shell station since 2019, and there’s been 600 calls for service.”
WATCH (Warning: Shocking content):
A man casually shoots a homeless guy in broad daylight as others watch and do nothing.
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According to Newsweek:
St. Louis police said they detained Thomas, aged 23, outside the city’s public library on Olive Street, after he ran from the scene of the crime.
The shooting, which took place shortly after 10 a.m. by the sidewalk in front of the Globe Building, was filmed by a bystander.
In the footage, a man can be seen standing over Saldana, who is sitting on the edge of the road and appears to have his hands over his ears.
This is what St. Louis FOX 2 describes as “a fight”
Deshawn Thomas, 23, attacked a homeless man. Then he stands there trying to fix his handgun before shooting the man execution style in board daylight. pic.twitter.com/ATWChdlEBw
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According to Riverfront Times:
The terrifying video matches the details in an SLMPD incident report, and Crab’s Landing, which is visible in the video, is at 701 North Tucker Boulevard.
According to the incident report, after the shooting, the suspect fled on foot and was observed entering the library on Olive Street, where the suspect was taken into custody without incident.