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Police identify Catholic Supply store shooting victim as search for suspect continues

Shooting at Catholic Supply

Police were still searching for the suspect in the attack and shooting death at Catholic Supply store on Manchester Road in St. Louis County on Tuesday. St. Louis County Police released more information about the suspect's appearance.
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Police were still searching for the suspect in the attack and shooting death at Catholic Supply store on Manchester Road in St. Louis County on Tuesday. St. Louis County Police released more information about the suspect's appearance.

Police released the name of a woman killed in a shooting at a Catholic Supply store in St. Louis County and provided a more detailed description of the suspect.

Jamie Schmidt, 53, of House Springs, Mo., died in an area hospital after she was shot at about 3:20 p.m. Monday at the store at 14069 Manchester Road in Ballwin, Mo. A woman was also sexually assaulted at the store, police said.

Police say the suspect is a white man, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and 40 to 50 years of age. He was wearing a navy blue Carhartt-style work jacket, a red, white and black plaid shirt, glasses, a brown belt with a red and blue square on the clasp or clip of the belt, and a hat.

Investigators released a photo of a similar hat and jacket. They say the hat is called an ivy hat, Irish hat, newsboys hat or flat hat.

Police said the man should be considered armed and dangerous. St. Louis County police continued searching Tuesday for the suspect.

Anyone with information may call the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477. Police advise that “no bit of information is too small.”

Around 3:19 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to the store for reports of a shooting, a news release from the St. Louis County Police Department said.

Dan Stutte, the president of Catholic Supply, issued a statement about the shooting Monday night.

“We are shocked and saddened by the events that occurred at our West County location Monday afternoon,” Stutte said in the statement. “This was a senseless tragedy. Please join us as we pray for the victims and their families.”

Stutte said that Catholic Supply would close all retail locations on Tuesday in the wake of the incident. The stores will reopen on Wednesday.

“We are cooperating fully with the ongoing police investigation and we will share details as appropriate,” Stutte said. “We appreciate your patience, grace and prayers during this difficult time.”

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.

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