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Guard at downtown gas station shoots man after being beaten over face masks

DOWNTOWN WEST (AP) — A security guard who was beaten in a confrontation over face masks opened fire early Saturday and wounded one of his attackers.

St. Louis police said the shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. after the guard told three men they couldn’t be inside the Shell gas station at 721 N. Tucker Boulevard because they weren’t wearing masks. The city is requiring masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The maskless men eventually left but kept the door open and taunted the guard, police said. When the guard ordered the men to leave the property, they surrounded him and began punching him in the face. One of the suspects grabbed the guard’s baton and struck him several times.

The guard then shot at the suspects, striking one of the men in the abdomen, police said. That man was dropped off at a hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition. The two other suspects fled.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported another 1,127 confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the cumulative total in Missouri to 66,397. The virus also has claimed 1,346 lives in Missouri since the pandemic began.

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