Man is in custody for shooting in Affton that locked down two schools

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A man is in custody following a shooting and altercation Wednesday in Affton that locked down two nearby schools.

Officers from the Affton Southwest Precinct of the St. Louis County Police Department responded to the scene at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday in the 6400 block of Vita Drive in Affton and found a man who had at least one gunshot wound. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

A suspect was taken into custody in the shooting. Police believe that the suspect and victim were in an “altercation” before the shooting.

Nearby schools went on lockdown after the shooting, but Rogers Middle School and Affton High School were released from lockdown at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, the district said. School is currently being conducted virtually for the entire Affton School District due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but any employees and students in the buildings were told to stay inside the schools and are safe following the lockdown. The district said there were two incidents near each school. Delivery of grab-and-go meals was postponed at both schools. Vita Drive is roughly 0.3 miles from AHS and about 1.3 miles from RMS.

Although the school district said there were two incidents, a police spokeswoman said she is only aware of one incident at that time in Affton, the shooting on Vita Drive.

Unusually for Affton, this is the second shooting in Affton in the last two months, following a July 23 altercation and shooting at a gas station on Mackenzie Road. An Imperial man was charged with assault and armed criminal action for that shooting, which also sent a man to the hospital.

The St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons is leading the investigation into the latest shooting, which remains “very active” at this time, police said. 

Contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 to speak to investigators if you know anything about the shooting. 

To remain anonymous or potentially receive a reward, contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371TIPS(8477) if you have any information regarding the incident.