Charles Campbell shot to death on Metro platform at Laclede's Landing

8:27 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - Homicide detectives with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a fatal gun attack on the platform of a Metro station on Lacledes Landing overnight.

Charles Campbell, 33, was fatally shot in the hip and the abdomen just before midnight.

The shooting scene happened at the platform along Washington and Second Street on the Landing, according to authorities, who said the victim was shot multiple times in the attack, which police do not believe was a random crime.

Other Metro riders were reportedly in the area, however no other injuries were reported.  A police officer was beneath the platform at the time of the shooting and ran up the stairs after hearing gun shots.

Metro officials say service along the route was never impacted by the police investigation, and service is operating as on its regular schedule.

Metro released the following statement about the shooting:
"The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting late last night at the Arch-Laclede's Landing MetroLink Station. Police have indicated that this was not a random crime. All media inquiries about the investigation should be directed to St. Louis Police.

"The Metro security guard assigned to patrol the station and surrounding area had been on the platform just minutes earlier but was not on the platform at the time of the shooting. A Metro Transit Service Manager, also at the station, was descending the platform stairs and responded immediately. Police are using the surveillance video to aid in their investigation and it will not be released by Metro or the police department.

"Tragedies like this one are rare on the Metro system which carries nearly 900,000 passengers each week. Metro's Public Safety Department includes commissioned police officers from St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Clair County as well as full-time former police officers and contracted security officers. Metro is not permitted to be a licensed police department so we are working closely with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. We appreciate the urgency that law enforcement investigators have placed on solving this crime."


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