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Police: Gunman shot 3, self at St. Louis business

  • Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • An unidentified woman and man walk away from the scene of a shooting after talking to police Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    An unidentified woman and man walk away from the scene of a shooting after talking to police Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Police officers leave Caseyville Police Chief Jerry "J.D." Roth's home in Fairview Heights, Ill. on Thursday, June 13, 2013.  Roth, who was suspended after being accused of felony misconduct, died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

    Police officers leave Caseyville Police Chief Jerry "J.D." Roth's home in Fairview Heights, Ill. on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Roth, who was suspended after being accused of felony misconduct, died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

  • Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • An unidentified woman and man walk away from the scene of a shooting after talking to police Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Police officers leave Caseyville Police Chief Jerry "J.D." Roth's home in Fairview Heights, Ill. on Thursday, June 13, 2013.  Roth, who was suspended after being accused of felony misconduct, died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT
  • Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

An argument inside a St. Louis home health care business escalated into gun violence yesterday when a man shot three other people before turning the gun on himself, the police said.

The shooting occurred at AK Home Health Care LLC, one of several small businesses inside the Cherokee Place Business Incubator south of downtown St. Louis. The shooter gunned down another man and two women before turning his semi-automatic handgun on himself, police Capt. Michael Sack said.

Authorities said the shooter either owned or was a co-owner of the small business and his three victims were employees. The victims’ names have not been released. Sack said they appeared to be in their early 40s to mid-50s. Other details were not available.

“We don’t know if this was a thing that carried over into today or was initiated today,” Sack said.

An employee of another business in the building heard gunshots and called the police.

Other businesses in the building include an attorney’s office and an African bazaar.

St. Louis has long struggled with urban violence, but the last week has seen a troublesome uptick in bloodshed. The police scrambled late Monday and early Tuesday to respond to five separate shootings on the city’s north side that left 15 people wounded.

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