Louis gunman kills 2 utility workers, then himself

McCoy had just been talking to two Laclede Gas Co. workers just. She and her family feared he was on the loose until police said he had killed himself.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A gunman who killed two utility workers in St. Louis before killing himself had a long criminal history, including drug and assault convictions, along with financial troubles leading to bankruptcy, court records show.

Police described the St. Louis shooter as black, and both victims as white, but there was no indication the shooting was racially motivated.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' family members and co-workers at Laclede Gas during this hard time".

Two St. Louis-based utility companies have now pulled workers off the streets after two Laclede Gas Co. workers were fatally shot on the city's west side. Laclede says the move was made as a precaution. "It does not appear words were exchanged". Both Laclede Gas and another utility, the electric company Ameren Missouri, said they pulled workers from the streets for the rest of the day as a precaution. The workers were installing new service lines at her home and after she had talked to them, she walked down the street to her mom's house.

McCoy estimates that she heard a total of six shots fired.

"He was saying, 'Wait, wait", and the guy just kept shooting at him", McCoy said.

Laclede Gas spokeswoman Jenny Gobble said employees were given safety instructions, but she declined to elaborate.

St. Louis Police say the two employees were conducting utility work in the 5900 block of Minerva. Muhammad, who is black, was wanted in the murder a security guard, he has discussed wanting to kill white people on his Facebook page. It is unclear at this time whether the person who died at the hospital was the shooter or a victim. According to authorities, one of the man was in his 20s while the other was in his 50s.

"We are shocked and grieving today after two of our Laclede Gas employees were shot and killed this morning at one of our job sites". Police identified the slain workers as Alex Boschert, 27, and William Froelich, 52. Due to the fact that a criminal investigation has been launched into yesterday's tragic Laclede Gas employee shooting, we can tell you that an account under the name of Clinton E. Willis was not under the threat of disconnection.

Laclede, a natural gas distribution utility that serves the St. Louis area and portions of southeast Missouri, said it was "heartbroken" by the shooting. As a precaution, at 1 p.m. this afternoon, Ameren Missouri brought our crews in the city of St. Louis back into our Operating Centers. The city recorded 188 killings in both 2015 and 2016 and had 45 this year through April 18, according to police.

  • Larry Hoffman