Metro-east teen fatally shot, two other teens charged with murder in Missouri

UPDATE: 5/22/24: This article has been updated with information about the victim’s hometown.

Murder charges have been filed against two teenagers after a 15-year-old metro-east boy died from his injuries in a shooting that occurred when Bridgeton, Missouri, police responded to reports of about 100 people driving recklessly over the weekend, the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis announced Wednesday.

Gerardo Perez was identified as the gunshot victim, police said. A police statement said Perez was from East St. Louis but a Collinsville School District spokeswoman said Perez’s school registration showed he was from Fairmont City.

Garron Stevenson, 19, of the 3800 block of Sullivan in St. Louis, was charged with second-degree murder and several other offenses, according to a news release from the Major Case Squad.

The other suspect is a 17-year-old juvenile whose name was not released. This teen also was charged with second-degree murder.

Bridgeton police were called at 8:30 p.m. Saturday to the area of Earth City Expressway and Corporate Woods Drive regarding the group of vehicles.

The officers “were met with gunfire as vehicles were attempting to flee the area,” according to a Major Case Squad news release on Sunday.

Scott Stephens, a spokesman for the Major Case Squad, said the group of drivers had gathered Saturday night for an “unsanctioned” event the drivers called a “slide show.” He did not have other details to release.

Along with Perez, at least four others were shot.