St. Louis Drive By Shooting Leaves Student Dead

A 20-year-old St. Louis man was killed in a drive-by shooting in on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Nicholas Kapusniak was shot just before 1 a.m. while standing with friends in the backyard of a home. Fox 2 Now St. Louis reports, “The shooting happened where a group of students from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy were gathered in the back yard for a party. A white sedan drove up and an unknown occupant of the vehicle fired gunshots. The vehicle fled the scene to the east.” Kapusniak was shot in the left side of his back. He was pronounced dead at the scene after being carried into the house by party goers.

“For some reason we don’t know right now, a car drove down the alley and started firing into this group,” St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Saturday.The gunman has not been found, police said.

Nicholas was a 2011 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha. Kapusniak was also a member of the Alpha Zeta Omega fraternity at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He was scheduled to graduate from the St’ Louis college in 2017.

The college issued a statement that read in part, “We are mourning the loss of a SLCOP family member: Nicholas Kapusniak. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Nicholas Kapusniak. Nick was a member of the Doctor of Pharmacy class of 2017 and the Alpha Zeta Omega professional fraternity. He will be missed by all of us. We are committed to supporting our students through this very difficult time. Our campus counseling team stands ready to help any student who needs assistance.”

The St. Louis Police Department is interviewing more than 30 witnesses in an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting can call St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477 or submit a tip online at

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