ST LOUIS, MO. (THECOUNT) — Grandmother, Jane Moeckel, 61, Zoe Kasten, 8, and her brother, Jonathan Kasten, 10, all from St. Charles, have been identified as three of four victims fatally shot inside a home.
The fourth victim, an unidentified woman, believed to be the mother, was transported to an area hospital where she later died, said the St. Charles Police Department.
The suspect, identified only as a 46-year-old man, exchanged gunfire with police early Saturday, and was taken into custody seven hours later at a convenience store where he had sought shelter. In the process, he stabbed a woman during an attempted carjacking.
Police stopped the suspect, identified only as a 46-year-old man, as he tried to drive away from the home just after midnight Saturday, and a short gun battle followed. The suspect then fled on foot, tried unsuccessfully to steal a woman’s car, stabbed her and fled again on foot. Her injuries were not life-threatening, authorities said. source
The suspect, who was injured during the incident, was taken into custody at a convenience store a few miles away at about 7:30 a.m.
Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies and helicopter and SWAT units converged in the neighborhood where the shootings occurred and cordoned it off but couldn’t find the suspect until he was reported at the convenience store.
“My sense is that he went in there, was seeking shelter. It was really cold last night,” said Capt. Scott Will of the Major Case Squad, leading the investigation.
Saint Charles is a city in, and the county seat of, St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The population was 65,794 at the 2010 census, making St. Charles the ninth-largest city in Missouri. Situated on the Missouri River, it is a northwestern suburb of St. Louis, source Wikipedia.