16 people shot, 2 fatally, in violent St. Louis weekend

Authorities say at least 16 people were shot over the weekend in 10 separate incidents in St. Louis, two of them fatally.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the victims included a woman who was slain in an alley Saturday afternoon. In another Saturday shooting, one person was killed and four others were wounded inside a van.

Police say two also were wounded near a light-rail station, and a 17-year-old was shot in the leg while playing basketball. The police department released few details about the shootings. A department spokeswoman said officers will provide more information Monday.

The shootings happened on the same weekend that Police Chief John Hayden appeared at a crime prevention summit to say crime was in retreat.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com