Update, 4:28 p.m.: Police have issued charges against Rico Combs in last night’s shooting (full story here). He is still at large and considered armed and dangerous.
Original post: A shooting in St. Louis last night left one man dead, another clinging to life — and put three very young children at risk, police say.
John Gorman, a 27-year-old Columbus Square resident, was shot in the head and chest and pronounced dead at a hospital soon after, police say. A 25-year-old male was also critically injured in the shooting and is now clinging to life.
The suspect, a 25-year old man, also injured a 23-year-old woman who police say is the mother of his children. Their three daughters — ages three, five and seven — were reportedly in the home at the time of shooting, but were not injured.
It’s unclear exactly how the suspect is related to the fatal victim.
The shooting happened at around 11:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of North 7th Street in Columbus Square just south of where Gorman lived.
When police arrived, Gorman and the 25-year-old man in critical condition were lying in the residence suffering from gunshot wounds.
The woman suffered “abrasion-type injuries” to her face and was listed in serious, but stable condition.
Update: St. Louis Metropolitan Police officials announced late yesterday evening that they apprehended and arrested Rico Combs, the 25-year-old man suspected of murdering another man and attacking his ex-girlfriend in the presence of their children. After a brief foot pursuit, cops arrested him at the 2800 block of Victor Street in south St. Louis. Our original coverage of the incident is below.
ST. LOUIS • A man who broke into the home of the mother of his children in 2013 and shot two men, killing one of them, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Rico J. Combs, 27, of the 2800 block of Arsenal Street in St. Louis, was sentenced in St. Louis Circuit Court on Friday. In February, he was found guilty of 16 charges, including first-degree murder, domestic assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.