Horrifying moment when a 23-year-old man casually loads his gun and executes a homeless person on the St. Louis sidewalk
- Video shows the man loading his pistol and firing one shot at the man’s head
- Bystanders from the nearby Globe office building filmed the incident
- Outraged residents say it’s time for city leaders to get a handle on escalating crime
This is the horrifying moment when a man casually loads a gun and executes a homeless person on a St. Louis sidewalk.
The incident took place outside The Globe Building yesterday.
Gripping footage shared online shows Deshawn Thomas, the gunman, standing behind the homeless victim as he sits on the sidewalk with his hands over his ears.
After about 20 seconds, the gunman loaded his rifle and shot the man at close range.
The gunman harshly loaded his shotgun and then fired a shot at the homeless man’s head before fleeing
Witnesses said they saw the pair fighting outside the Shell gas station just down the street.
Thomas fled and was arrested later that afternoon after entering a public library.
It remains unclear if Thomas – who has a tattoo on his forehead and neck – has a criminal record, or if he was out on bail or parole at the time of yesterday’s shooting.
Scared St. Louis residents say the evidence is that local leaders, including Soros-backed progressive district attorney Kim Gardner, have no handle on escalating crime.
‘This is broad daylight! Have we seen enough? We can no longer cover this up. It’s time for STL to do some soul searching.
“Our elected leaders have NO control over this,” said one.
He had casually loaded his weapon while standing behind his victim
Deshawn Thomas, 23, is in custody for the shooting
It is the latest in a series of violent crimes in St. Louis, which has the country’s fourth-highest murder rate.
There were 200 homicides in 2021, down from 263 in 2020 but up from 194 in 2019. So far in 2023, there have been 25 homicides in the city.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner faces growing calls to resign due to the number of repeat offenders committing violent crimes in the city.
Earlier this month, 21-year-old convicted felon Daniel Riley robbed a young volleyball player of both her legs when he crashed into her after he failed to budge.
Missouri AG Andrew Bailey said he should have been in jail instead of behind the wheel.
“Instead of protecting victims, District Attorney Gardner creates them.
“The driver of the speeding vehicle, Daniel Riley, should never have been in that car.
“He’s a dangerous shooter who should have been in jail.”
Gardner’s office did not immediately respond to questions about Thomas’ background.