Gavin Michael Ross, 17, of St. Louis has been charged with a felony for his role in an alleged drug deal on Jan. 21 that ended with a shooting outside a restaurant in unincorporated Fenton. A 40-year-old Fenton woman was struck by a bullet in the left leg when a van she was driving was hit by at least two bullets. She was transported to an area hospital, where she was treated and released, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Ross was charged on Jan. 24 with first-degree robbery, a class A felony punishable by 10 to 30 years or life in prison. He was being held Monday in the Jefferson County Jail without bond, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The Sheriff’s Office was called at about 6:45 p.m. Jan. 21 to a shopping plaza in the 1600 block of S. Old Hwy. 141 in unincorporated Fenton, where the shooting occurred. The woman had arrived at the plaza in a 2006 Honda Odyssey with a male passenger, an 18-year-old Fenton man, the report said.
The van parked next to a white GMC SUV in the center aisle of parking spaces at the plaza, near the entrance to Borgetti’s Bar and Grill, 1667 S. Old Hwy. 141. The SUV had arrived at the parking lot about 10 minutes before the van, and a person had gotten out of the SUV and walked away from the plaza, according to the report.
After the van parked, the male passenger got out and started talking to the occupants in the SUV. The Sheriff’s Office reported that up to three people were in the SUV at the time, and it is believed the man from the van and the group in the SUV were taking part in a drug deal.
During the conversation, the person who previously exited the SUV returned and allegedly started shooting at the Fenton man, who was robbed of marijuana, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said.
The Fenton man was able to get back into the van, which then pulled out of its parking spot and traveled toward the north exit of the plaza, the report said.
The alleged shooter got in the SUV, which went to the plaza’s south exit and got onto Old Hwy. 141 and started traveling north. The van did not exit the plaza, instead turning and traveling south in the parking lot while the SUV traveled north on the highway, according to the report.
As the vehicles passed each other, shots reportedly were fired from the SUV at the van. One bullet hit the woman in her left leg, and two bullet holes were found on the van. The glass front door of the bar and grill also was shattered by a bullet, the report said.
There were no reported injuries for anyone inside the restaurant.
The SUV continued to travel north on Old Hwy. 141 toward St. Louis County, and the van remained in the parking lot while authorities arrived. It is not known if Ross was the individual who shot at the robbery victim, Bissell said.
The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident, and was working with St. Louis County Police to try to track down others involved, Bissell said Monday.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 636-797-5515.