Police identify 19-year-old boy shot, killed in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, Mo. – Police have released more details about Tuesday’s deadly shooting in Maplewood, the city’s first in more than a decade.

The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Jakobe Bass. Police said Bass was found lying in an alley behind Maplewood Heights Apartments, off Bellevue Ave around 4:30 p.m. local time. He had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

“I just knew it was something bad,” said witness Chris Foliaf, who lives in Maplewood Heights Apartments.

Police are searching for a maroon truck linked to Maplewood’s first murder in over a decade.

Foliaf said he heard gunfire from his open window.

“I didn’t hear anyone screaming and shouting. I didn’t hear the speed the band went off, all I heard was eight shots just in the blue,” he said.

This happens to be just a few blocks from the main strip of the downtown Maplewood area. Police have not had any shooting-related murders in the city since 2010.

“This is very uncommon for this area. Generally a quiet area in this part of Maplewood,” said city police chief Matt Nighbor.

Surveillance video shows a maroon Toyota Sienne XE leaving the scene. Foliaf said at least two men were in the vehicle.

“He either wears a black sweater, I even noticed a hoodie. It is the scariest. I get goosebumps just thinking about it,” said Foliaf.

Maplewood Police Department detectives said they are working with neighboring jurisdictions and are tracking multiple leads at this time. Foliaf said he was heartbroken to learn the victim was so young.

“It made me very sad,” Foliaf said. “I mean because I saw a picture of him, and he looks like a great kid. I feel very sorry for the parents.”

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Maplewood Crime Line at 314-781-3733.

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