Two down

07 Oct

Never let it be said I work in a boring hotel.

I love it because of that.   Two blocks east is the Arch.  Two blocks west is the stadium.  We’re a huge draw for tourists, baseball fans, and business travelers.

And apparently drug-deal-gone-bad druggies.

There I was, cheerily welcoming back my favorite guest. (You know, the one who treated me with baseball tickets.  Twice?)  I had just finished checking her in, and we were chit chattin’ away when suddenly we heard loud pops.  The thought crossed my mind they were gun shots.  I looked out, saw smoke, heard a car squeal away, and knew for sure they were gun shots.

I frantically called 911.  We locked the hotel down, and every manager in the hotel got to work protecting our guests.

For a while, we had no idea who the shooter was or where he went.  Later, on the news, we heard the drug-deal-gone-bad began a few miles south of downtown.  And when the “thieves” got to the stoplight in front of our hotel, they were shot.  Two of the guys were dead on the scene, one was shot in the leg and later jumped off the gurney to make a break for it, and the other two managed to stash their loot in a port-a-potty before hightailing it out of there.  All witnessed by guests and employees of our humble establishment.

In the midst of it all, we continued to check in our guests, most unaware of what really happened out front.  With the Cardinals back home for game three of the NLDS, we had over 200 reservations arriving.  Not easy to do when your heart is pounding and you’re concerned for your safety.

Luckily it wasn’t long before the crime scene tape was rolled back up, and the streets were open again to traffic and pedestrians.  A testament to how often these things happen?  Well, at least it’s unusual in our neck of the city.

While I like the excitement our hotel brings, I can totally do without the blood.


Posted by on October 7, 2014 in The Hotel


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14 responses to “Two down

  1. Rock Chef

    October 7, 2014 at 8:20 am

    On the bright side, at least it was only scum killing other scum. When you say that the managers were protecting the guests, are they armed? I have little idea of what is legal in which states…

    • shadowrun300

      October 8, 2014 at 2:26 am

      Yes, lives were lost, but it doesn’t seem like either side valued life, so it’s hard to feel sad for them.
      It’s legal to carry guns in Missouri with a permit, but hotel policy does not allow us to have guns on property. Our security guards don’t carry them either. So by “protecting”, I mean locking the doors to outsiders and only ensuring people entering the hotel were already guests or on our arrivals list. They also headed off news crews. We did not want the hotel to be associated with the incident in any way.

      • Rock Chef

        October 8, 2014 at 10:17 am

        Yes, getting a reputation as the new OK Corral would not be good for business!

        No guns at work – with some of your customers I can see why! Haha, sorry…

      • shadowrun300

        October 9, 2014 at 1:30 am

        Haha! Yes! That is EXACTLY why they don’t allow us to have guns. 🙂

  2. territerri

    October 7, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    That would be just a little too much excitement for me! Glad that you were safe, and all the hotel staff and guests were safe. But how scary was that? All the not-knowing?

    • shadowrun300

      October 8, 2014 at 2:36 am

      So many people were pulling up in front of the hotel to check in when the shots occurred. An innocent bystander could have easily been hit. One of our guest’s car was hit by the shooter’s car as he drove away, but they were okay. We all feel very lucky, but sheesh, it was scary.
      Finding out it was a drug deal gone awry was comforting actually. They just “happened” to be in front of our hotel when they caught up to each other. It’s not like this will be a common occurrence. (I hope….)

  3. agg79

    October 8, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Wow. That’s too dang close. And you thought the playoffs were going to bring enough excitement to the hotel. Glad to hear that you and your guests were ok. It is sad to see such trouble can hit so close to home (or work). That kinda makes one appreciate those “boring” days where there isn’t so much drama.

    • shadowrun300

      October 9, 2014 at 1:28 am

      I’m happy with just the playoffs excitement, thank you very much. Don’t need a bunch of bullets and blood to go along with it.
      And speaking of playoffs, GO CARDS! 🙂

  4. Abby

    October 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    How exciting! And scary! A druggie jumped off the gurney whit a shot up leg? Sounds like he’d stashed some drugs inside of him.

    • shadowrun300

      October 9, 2014 at 1:29 am

      I was crackin’ up and shaking my head at the same time when I saw him jump off the gurney and try to hobble away. You KNOW he had SOMEthing to hide. Wonder if he was wishing he was among the dead?

  5. Anita

    October 10, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Life in the big city. Glad you and none of the innocent guests were hurt.

    • shadowrun300

      October 10, 2014 at 1:11 am

      Thanks Anita. Sad that it’s a common way of life in the city. Luckily those incidents don’t happen too often downtown.

  6. lottajoy

    October 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I’m glad he didn’t hobble into your hotel and demand a room with a view of the street! We never stay at a hotel/motel without being armed. Come to our room. You’ll be as safe as in your mama’s arms.

    • shadowrun300

      October 12, 2014 at 1:21 am

      The lady I was checking in mentioned something about picking THIS time to not bring her gun. Apparently she usually does too.
      When you come to St. Louis, I’ll give you the biggest room in the house. Then you can protect ALL of us.


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