A couple of weeks ago around 10:15 at night one of our women campus residents heard popping and shattering and looked out her window to see what looked like a square orange car with 4-ish people in it shooting at cars. As it turned out many of our student cars had window shattered by these people. The news report only mentions Clayton being the scene of this crime spree but in the end, these guys made a wide swath through our end of Clayton, Maplewood, Brentwood, and south St. Louis city.
According to the news one guy has been charged and three others arrested. Two of those other 3 are adults and one a juvenile, meaning maybe 15 or 16. This was quite the story here at the seminary, police were here for several days getting statements from students who had damage, talking to our security people and best of all, going over our security video tapes.
Our student gave a perfect description of the vehicle so the car was recognized on the tapes. As it turned out we were the only area with damage that night that had security cameras. Nothing from the other cities. These guys were actually driving their own car not a stolen car which had been the fear. You can't arrest the owner of a stolen car for something he didn't do. The license plate showed on the tapes and thankfully, arrests were made.
We were shocked when this happened and even more incredulous that anyone not from here would be able to get around this campus at night since most entrances and exits are locked off. But these guys made it out and continued their shooting through the neighborhood surrounding us to the south end.
We're glad they were caught and no one was hurt. But it is a lesson in not being too casual about thinking you're really safe anywhere. Kudos to Clayton police and our security.