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Car stolen at gunpoint in Sauget may be connected to fatal Missouri shooting

An armed carjacking where a Mercedes was stolen Saturday may be connected to a fatal shooting in Hazelwood, Missouri, police said Sunday.

About 10:15 p.m., a man pulled up to the Phillips 66 at 2400 Mississippi Avenue in a black Mercedes and bought gasoline when another dark-colored vehicle with three to four people drove up, said Sauget Police Chief James Jones.

A black male about 5-foot-8, wearing a gray hoodie, pointed a gun and fired a shot demanding the vehicle keys, Jones said.

The Mercedes owner, who was unharmed, threw the keys on the ground. The black male picked up the keys, got inside the Mercedes and drove off, Jones said.

Both the Mercedes and the other vehicle were last seen going north on Route 3 toward St. Louis, Jones said.

Inside the dark-colored vehicle, there was one person wearing a gray hoodie and one person wearing a dark colored hoodie, Jones said.

Jones said he did not know if the carjacking was connected to a Major Case Squad death investigation in Hazelwood. Jones added his department has been in contact with the Major Case Squad.

According to published reports, a black Mercedes was also used in a shooting early Sunday morning that left one woman dead and three people in serious condition; a Mercedes was later found abandoned.

Jones did say the black Mercedes stolen in Sauget was recovered.

Anyone with information about the carjacking is urged to call Sauget Police at 618-332-6500.

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