Editor’s Note: This is a developing news story. This story may be routinely updated, as the police investigation is still ongoing.
At about 1 p.m. on July 9, the St. Louis Premium Outlets, located at
18521 Outlet Blvd. in Chesterfield, were evacuated after police received a call that five shots had been fired in the mall’s Central Plaza Courtyard. No injuries were reported.
The mall was then put under lockdown while authorities conducted a store-by-store search of the property. One suspect was apprehended while two other suspects fled the mall in a white Jeep.
Upon further investigation, the incident and suspect have been linked to the attempted abduction of another individual at the mall.
According to Lt. Chris Connelly with the Chesterfield Police Department, 32-year-old Kerri Weir was located and arrested at the St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.
As of July 10, Weir was charged with attempted kidnapping in the first degree after she and another individual tried to grab a man at the outlet mall. Her bail was set as $300,000.
Reports state that, prior to the shots being fired, Weir and the other suspect approached the male victim in the parking lot, physically grabbed him and reportedly said, “You’re not going to your next appointment. You’re coming with us.”
Police said that the victim then took his handgun and fired five shots into the air as a means to draw attention. Weir and the other suspect then fled the scene.
Weir allegedly told authorities her goal in the attempting kidnapping was to retrieve a debt the victim owed her by forcefully taking him back to his home to retrieve the money.
As of July 11, the Chesterfield Police Department is still searching for the second suspect, an unidentified male. According to Connelly, it’s possible the individual may have left the St. Louis area.