Prinshun McClain is accused of killing three people in a vicious shooting spree in St. Louis. The 18-year-old reportedly shot three people in their homes Wednesday, including a mother and her 8-year-old daughter. McClain was arrested for three counts of murder among other charges, authorities said Thursday.
The St. Louis police released a statement Thursday explaining that the teenager was booked on one count of burglary and four counts of armed criminal action in addition to the murder charges. He was taken into custody in Granite City, Illinois. Prinshun McClain is still in custody as of Friday afternoon. Authorities pointed out that McClain was arrested in Illinois for unrelated charges.
There were three victims in the ferocious shooting, police said. Prinshun McClain allegedly shot and killed Terri Bankhead, Da’nilya Edwards, and Victoria Manisco at their homes. The first victim was 26-year-old Victoria Manisco who was found dead Wednesday morning on her porch. Police found her outside her home which is near 1100 Dover Place. Investigators determined that she was shot late Tuesday night.
Police have not identified a motive in the slaying of Victoria Manisco or the two other victims. Terri Bankhead and Da’nilya Edwards were found dead in their home in the 4200 block of Pleasant Street, eight miles north of Manisco’s property. Their bodies were found at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Bankhead’s mother had tried to reach her daughter for hours before visiting the home to check up on her.
When Bankhead’s mother, Terri Ward, arrived at the victim’s home, she found her daughter and granddaughter dead on the scene. According to St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden, the 27-year-old woman her 8-year-old daughter were tied up. It wasn’t immediately clear what the relationship between Prinshun McClain and the victims was.
“This is very tragic,” Hayden said during a press conference on Wednesday. “We do have social workers on the scene trying to console the mother. But this is too much for anyone to bear.”
Prinshun McClain was arrested after the press conference. Terri Ward told reporters that his arrest was “just so unreal,” and that “now I have a little relief because they caught him.”
St. Louis Crisis Nursery C.E.O DiAnne Mueller said that “Whenever St Louis Crisis Nursery hears that a child has been injured, hurt or killed we jump into action to be as supportive to the community as much as we can.” Reports claim that the shooting spree was shocking to community leaders and neighbors.
The deaths of Terri Bankhead and Da’nilya Edwards devastated the community, with many people, even total strangers creating a small memorial with flowers and balloons at the victims’ house. Gwen Wilson told reporters that she “had tears running down my face” when she found out about the horrifying attack. Her daughter pleaded for people to “please stop killing these young ladies and these children.”
Sha’Greggaria Brown was Bankhead’s first cousin but she claimed they were more like sisters. Brown said in a statement that “it’s an 8-year-old that was just murdered and tied up in your community. We need to stand up and take control of our community. Do something better, everyone just do something. Something needs to be done.”
She continued, explaining that “everyone feels like they need to move out of town for a better life and this is where we grew up at.”
Before McClain’s arrest Thursday, Chief Hayden requested the community’s assistance in the investigation by providing any information to the homicide division. He explained that “we don’t have any definitive information at this time,” and that police are speaking with neighbors to gather as much evidence as they can “to hold those responsible accountable.”
“We are working very diligently right now,” the chief continued, “talking to everybody… looking at any possible video that may be available… but we are just hopeful that people will come forward.”
“The weight of incidents like these bring everybody down,” Hayden said in response to a reporter’s question regarding increased homicide rates among children. He said that the homicide rates in the area are down since last year, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that “it really is a sad situation.”
Speaking about the gruesome discovery at Terri Bankhead’s home, Hayden said that “it’s traumatic for anyone involved whether it be EMS… departmental personnel, officers, or anybody that is exposed to that scene would be affected by it.”