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Woman charged after shooting man at St. Louis apartment building

KSDK-TV St. Louis 3/11/2023 Kelsi Anderson
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A woman has been charged after police said she shot a man Friday evening after a dispute at a Washington Avenue apartment building.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said officers responded shortly before 8 p.m. to the shooting at the Ely Walker Lofts at 1520 Washington Avenue. 

A 35-year-old man had been shot in the face. First responders took him to a local hospital, where police described his condition as "stable."

The suspect, 32-year-old Ariel McNeil, was in the lobby of the apartment building and ran after seeing officers. Officers chased after her and caught her in the 1200 block of Locust Street.

Preliminary investigation revealed the woman had gotten into an argument with the man earlier in the evening over personal matters. The argument turned physical and she began destroying his belongings. Another woman tried to intervene, at which point police said the suspect fired shots at the man, the woman and an 11-year-old boy.

On Wednesday, March 15, McNeil was charged with first degree domestic assault, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and endangering the welfare of a child. She is being held without bond.

While police say the child was a boy, the victim tells 5 On Your Side that the child is a girl and the suspect's daughter.

Resources for crime victims:

If you have been a victim of a crime or know someone who has been, 5 On Your Side has compiled a list of resources.

The Crime Victim Center of St. Louis has multiple programs to support victims of crime. Crime Victim Center’s programs range from direct services to crime victims as well as “creating awareness and change within the systems they encounter.”

Life Outside of Violence "helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence."

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has the Neighborhood Healing Network, which serves people who have experienced crime, violence or been the victim of an incident that caused trauma.

 Cure Violence is an international organization that is present in a handful of St. Louis neighborhoods. Violence interrupters are trained to deescalate violent situations within their own communities

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