A woman and three of her children were shot by her boyfriend Monday night in a murder-suicide barrage in suburban St. Louis that left only a 9-year-old girl wounded and alive.
The unspeakable assault was part of a bloody Independence Day holiday in the St. Louis area, which also saw a string of five shootings Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in which at least one was killed and six injured.
In St Ann, police say 34-year-old Coleman C. McIlvain shot himself after turning his gun on his girlfriend and her three children. The woman’s 9-year-old daughter is the only survivor after the mother, her 5-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son were all killed.
According to what the surviving girl told police, the intoxicated shooter was arguing with the 30-year-old mother, Seychelle Schaumburg, about driving her car on Monday night. When she refused to either transport him or let him drive drunk, he opened fire on the family.
When police entered the house, they found the mother and her 14-year-old son dead, both shot in the head. The 5-year-old girl was shot three times and was rushed to the hospital with a faint pulse, but died an hour later.
McIlvain was said to be still breathing when police arrived, despite his self-inflicted gunshot wound, but died in the hospital. McIlvain had a history of multiple DWIs on his record. About a week before the murders, domestic violence concerns had also been raised.
The 9-year-old girl had been shot in the hand by McIlvain and managed to escape to the apartment complex next door. She was listed in stable condition at the hospital and will be released to the care of other family members.
St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez expressed his concern for the girl in an interview with Fox 2 News.
“To witness her mom and mom’s boyfriend arguing, because he’s intoxicated and drunk, pull out a firearm and shoot her right in the face – she’s going to have to live with that for the rest of her life,” he said.
The next day, the violence in St. Louis continued.
Tuesday afternoon, a 51-year-old man was shot in the arm in the Ville neighborhood at Pendleton and Evans avenues. He is expected to recover.
Two were shot at about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of Chouteau Avenue. Both victims suffered a gunshot wound to their foot. The first victim was also shot in the head. Both victims were conscious and breathing when police arrived.
Only 20 minutes later, a man was found shot in the chest in the 5100 block of Dresden Avenue. The victim was conscious and breathing when police arrived.
About 10 minutes later, officers discovered a young woman shot in the abdomen on South 7th Street downtown at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday. She was conscious and breathing when rushed to the hospital.
Just after 12:30 a.m. a man was killed and a woman injured after both were shot in the back in the Dutchtown neighborhood on Chippewa Street at Gravois Avenue.
Then, at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, a woman’s head was grazed by a bullet in the area of Market and 9th streets. Police said she was conscious and breathing when they arrived.
The holiday weekend bloodshed was not contained to St. Louis, as cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Indianapolis all saw violence, according to a rundown in The Daily Caller: “28 were injured and two were killed in a mass shooting in Baltimore, and five were killed in Philadelphia. … In Indianapolis, four people were injured and one teen was killed.”
In addition, nine people were injured Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C., violence, including a 9-year-old.