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OB's Billiards shooter also attacked second victim Monday, police say
OB's Billiards shooter also attacked second victim Monday, police say

Erick Carrasco
SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Feb. 9, 2010) — The man shot early Monday morning at a St. Robert pool hall wasn’t the only victim in the fight at OB’s Billiards, according to a probable cause statement filed by St. Robert police.

In court documents accompanying Monday’s charges against Erick Carrasco, 22, who claims a Rolla address, police said that Carrasco not only shot a male victim in the abdomen but also struck a different man in the back of the head with a gun “with such force that (the man) was knocked unconscious.”

Carrasco faces a Class A felony charge of first-degree assault for the shooting, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 to 30 years in state prison or life in prison, depending on circumstances. The charge that he knocked a different man on the head is a Class C felony of second-degree assault, punishable by two to seven years in state prison, or one year in the county jail, or a $5,000 fine. Additional potential monetary penalties up to $20,000 apply if Carrasco gained money from the crime.

Court documents and police records indicate that police made multiple arrests early Monday morning on St. Robert Boulevard of people in two different vehicles. According to police, Carrasco fled OB’s Billiards in a maroon Chevy Impala; police pulled over a similar car matching that description in front of Lowe’s, determined it was the wrong vehicle, and then stopped the correct vehicle shortly afterward in front of Wal-Mart. Police found Carrasco inside the car, along with a handgun believed to be the one used in shooting the man at OB’s Billiards.

Pulaski County deputies then stopped a different vehicle reported to have a shotgun inside. Three people were in that vehicle; witnesses at the pool hall said one of the three people in that vehicle “displayed a shotgun out of the driver’s side window of his vehicle in a threatening manner” but no charges have yet been filed against any of the three people in that vehicle.

According to the probable cause statement filed by police, a shotgun was found in the vehicle that “was loaded but no round was chambered.”

All of the four people suspected by police of involvement in the incident are current or recently discharged soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood’s 94th Engineer Battalion, according to the St. Robert Police Department, and all four are friends. Carrasco is still on active duty, according to police; one of the uncharged suspects “has made threats previously to shoot law enforcement officers.”

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