St. Louis police had never seen anything like it: four young men allegedly committing a series of random shootings and robberies for the sheer fun of it, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Two suspects were in custody yesterday and two more the subject of a manhunt after at least a dozen major crimes attributed to the suspects in less than 80 hours.
The mayhem included killing a man for no apparent reason as he walked near a park and running a Colorado family of four off Interstate 70, seriously wounding one of them as they fled. “We’ve learned that the suspects were stimulated by what they were doing; they were thrilled by the excitement,” said Police Chief Joe Mokwa. “They seemed to be amused by the violent crime. It was entertainment for them.”
Karen Bishop, whose husband Louis Bishop told her to run when a vehicle pulled alongside them as they walked not far from their home about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, said she heard the shot that killed him. “This is just total evil,” she said. “There was no reason for them to shoot my husband. None.
They’re just animals. They need to go to the penitentiary until the last day of their lives. They should never ever have a wife. They should never ever have children. “What kind of people are these? Who raised them?”
Detectives said some or all of the four suspects were involved in the Bishop murder, seven carjackings, another robbery, two assaults and an attempted carjacking between Thursday morning and Sunday morning. Police got a break Sunday afternoon when officers spotted one of the carjacked vehicles and arrested the driver, one of the two young men in custody.
“Violent crime is down in the city, and while I don’t want to minimize the incidents, the crime spree is an aberration,” Chief Mowka said. “Incidents like these are not isolated to the city of St. Louis. They can happen in any community.”