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Three Men Shot Dead In St. Louis Tavern

January 5, 1985

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A man opened fire at a crowded tavern early today, killing three men and wounding two others before fleeing, police said.

Police knew of no motive for the 1 a.m. shooting at the Turning Point Tavern, and the gunman escaped, said homicide Sgt. Robert Haug.

Several people were detained for questioning, he said.

″All we can say at this time is that numerous shots were fired near the entrance of the tavern, which was filled to near capacity at closing time,″ Sgt. Haug said.

Pronounced dead at the scene were Lawrence Williams, 37, and Ronald Brown, 33, authorities said. William Phillips, 27, died at City Hospital three hours after the incident, authorities said.

Listed in serious condition with a bullet wound in the back was Donnie Williams, 29. Treated and released for a wound in the foot was Anthony Bigham, 40.

Officers at the scene said shell casings found both inside and outside the tavern indicated that the gunman had used a .45-caliber pistol.

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