Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Slain for His Car, Police Say Another Man, 50, Is Fatally Shot in His Car in Separate Crime

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Slain for His Car, Police Say Another Man, 50, Is Fatally Shot in His Car in Separate Crime

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Joseph Gray died because three men with an AK-47 liked the custom metal-flake paint job on his brown Buick, police said Thursday.

The men tried to steal the car, but something went wrong.

"They thought Gray was pulling a weapon, so the suspect with the AK began firing and they drove away," said Sgt. Billy Qualls.

Gray, who was unarmed, was fatally shot.

The killing of Gray, 19, was just one of five shootings that left five other people wounded between 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in St. Louis.

Then early Thursday, someone killed Charles R. Whitfield, 50, who was found dead in his car.

Gray was shot in the head as he talked with his girlfriend on an outdoor telephone while seated in his car about 10 p.m. in the 2700 block of Shenandoah Avenue. He lived in the 4100 block of Russell Boulevard.

Witnesses gave police a description of the killers' car. A short time later, Officer Stephan Capkovic spotted it in the Baden area, several miles away.

As Capkovic started to pursue the car, someone threw out an AK-47. …

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