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Investigators say deadly St. Louis County shootings may be linked, reward upped to $30,000

The Major Case Squad said evidence suggests the murders of Barbara Goodkin in University City and Dr. Sergei Zacharev in Brentwood are connected.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Investigators with the Major Case Squad think two deadly shootings in St. Louis County on Saturday are linked, and they're increasing the reward for information on the cases.

The Major Case Squad said evidence suggests the murders of Barbara Goodkin in University City and Dr. Sergei Zacharev in Brentwood are connected.

The Major Case Squad also released a video showing a car they believe was involved in both shootings. Investigators are looking for a silver/metallic, smaller SUV or passenger-style vehicle that may have been involved in the incidents. At this time, no motive or links between the victims have been discovered, the Major Case Squad said.

Credit: University City Police Department
Surveillance video shows a suspect vehicle wanted in the deadly shootings of a woman in University City and man in Brentwood.

Police said the first shooting happened in the 8200 block of Delmar — about two miles west of the Delmar Loop — at around 10:50 Saturday night. When they arrived, the victims had already driven off to an area hospital for treatment.

On Monday, police identified the victims as a couple in their 70s.

A 74-year-old man said he was driving in the area when they heard the gunshots. When he realized he and his wife were shot, he drove to the hospital. 

The man was treated and released. His wife, 71-year-old Barbara Goodkin was placed in the intensive care unit. Police said she died from her injuries Sunday evening.

Commenters on Goodkin's online obituary write of her love for her husband.

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At around 11:45 p.m., Brentwood police officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 8700 block of Eager Road in a parking area between the Drury Inn & Suites and Bonefish Grill. When they arrived, they discovered Zacharev with apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Zacharev is employed as an anesthesiologist with Team Health, working at Christian Hospital and Alton Memorial Hospital. His supervisor remembers him as big, boisterous, and gregarious, always accomodating and fun to work with.

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Credit: Major Case Squad
Barbara Goodkin (left) was killed in a shooting on Delmar Boulevard in University City. Dr. Sergei Zacharev (right) was fatally shot in Brentwood.

The Major Case Squad and the University City Police Department are conducting a joint investigation and are requesting anyone with information about these incidents to call the University City Police Department at 314-725-2211, ext. 8010; the Brentwood Police Department at 314-963-6708; or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477) to be eligible for a reward of up to $30,000. Those who want to remain anonymous or who are interested in the reward must call CrimeStoppers.