3 women killed while trying to flee St. Louis home invasion

ST. LOUIS – Authorities say three women were shot because they tried to escape when burglars broke into their St. Louis home.

St. Louis Police Major John Hayden says the shooting happened early Friday on the city north side. The slain women are believed to be in their 20s. Their names not to be released. No one has been arrested.

The police received a call about gunfire just two minutes after a burglary in progress is reported. Authorities say a man was home during the burglary, but that he ran off and was not shot.

Hayden says multiple shell casings from different caliber weapons were found at the scene.

The dead are expected to be the city’s murder total of 203 for the year, a 21-year high.

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