ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis police are investigating a rash of six killings over a 24-hour period, and the city's police chief says drugs may be at the root of most of the killings.
Four of the victims died Sunday and two more were found inside a car at 6:30 a.m. Monday.
Police Chief John Hayden says drug activity was suspected in four of the five crime scenes. Hayden says illegal drugs and gun violence "go hand-in-hand."
Five of the victims were found inside cars, including a woman whose boyfriend was found dead in a vacant lot a short distance from the car where she was found.
Despite the latest violence, St. Louis homicides are down in 2018. The city has recorded 130 killings, compared to 149 at this time in 2017.
Police say there is no evidence the shootings are connected. Four of the victims died Sunday. The death toll rose around 6:30 a.m. Monday when a man and a woman were found dead inside a car in the Fountain Park neighborhood.
All six victims were shot.
A female victim was found inside a car at 7:20 a.m. Sunday.
Around noon Sunday, a woman was found dead in a car and her boyfriend's body was found in an alley a few blocks away.
A man in his mid-20s was found dead inside his car Sunday night. A second victim in the vehicle was shot in the leg but survived.