Two Women Assaulted and Another Killed in a St. Louis Catholic Supply Store

Posted on January 3, 2019 by

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As of 20 November 2018, a suspect believed to be a white male between 45- and 50- years-old, presumably armed and dangerous, was on the loose after a brutal attack and murder at a local St. Louis Catholic supply store. The suspect assaulted at least one woman and fatally shot another in the head. The identity of the victim has yet to be released, and it is still uncertain if she was assaulted as well.

Seemingly a random attack, the incident happened between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. along Manchester Road, one of the most congested roadways in the area.

The perpetrator claimed that he had ]assaulted several of the women before shooting one of them in the head.

As of 28 November, fifty-three year-old Thomas Bruce, former pastor and gun rights activist, was charged with a total of seventeen crimes, including one count of first degree murder, three counts of sodomy, three counts of kidnapping, eight counts of armed criminal action, one count of burglary, and one count of tampering with evidence. He is being held without bail and may be eligible for the death penalty.

It was discovered that Bruce had assaulted not just one but two women and attempted to assault a third, fifty-three year-old Jamie Schmidt. When Schmidt refused, she was fatally shot in the head.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that this incident was “one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever had occasion to investigate.”

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