St. Louis police warn drivers after “heavily armed cruising” incident at truck stop

St. Louis Metropolitan Police have shared footage of several people exchanging gunfire during an “armed cruising” incident at a small truck stop. The startling footage was captured on July 29 at the Energy Express Travel Center located at North Broadway and Grand, according to reporting in the KC Star.

In the video you can see at least two individuals armed with rifles firing multiple shots. Several of the shots were fired right next to a parked semi truck. Other people in the video can be seen wearing bullet proof vests. No injuries were reported as a result of the shots fired.

And now there is "Heavily Armed Cruising".

This isn't surveillance video from some 3rd world country, it is from a gas station in the St. Louis Missouri area.From KMOV news."St. Louis police released surveillance video of individuals carrying and firing weapons at a packed North City gas station parking lot.""Police said they've had problems with ‘Cruising’ for years; crowds of young adults or teens driving around a business as well as hanging out there with friends and showing off their cars. Now, police have noticed a trend in ‘armed cruising."Video courtesy of theSt. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (OFFICIAL) and KMOV

Posted by Law Enforcement Today on Saturday, August 11, 2018

St. Louis police say that the incident is part of a trend called “armed cruising.” Police say that while citizens do have the right to bear arms, but “when people fire shots into the air and at people, they are breaking the law.” Police also say that armed cruising poses a serious public safety hazard.

Truck stop employees say that they found more than 100 shell casings on the property. For now, police are trying to curb the practice by increasing patrols in the area. The travel center has shut down all but one entrance to try to make it less convenient for large numbers of drivers to congregate.

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