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Major Case Squad identifies victim of deadly shooting in Brentwood as local doctor

The Major Case Squad identified the victim as 53-year-old Sergei Zacharev. Online records said Zacharev is an anesthesiologist "affiliated with Christian Hospital."

BRENTWOOD, Missouri — The Major Case Squad on Monday identified the victim of a deadly shooting Saturday night in Brentwood as a doctor from Town and Country.

In a press release, the Major Case Squad identified the victim as 53-year-old Sergei Zacharev. Online records said Zacharev is an anesthesiologist "affiliated with Christian Hospital."

Brentwood police officers responded at 11:45 p.m. to reports of shots fired in the 8700 block of Eager Rd. 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.

READ MORE: Major Case Squad investigators think deadly shootings are linked, looking for suspect vehicle

Credit: Major Case Squad

Samantha Rourke saw the police activity around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after getting off work. She was staying next door at the hotel.

"They were canvassing the whole area," said Rourke. "They were laying on their bellies, looking under cars and shining flashlights in the windows."

She said hotel staff told her something happened at Bonefish Grill, but they did not tell her what.

On Monday, investigators said they think the murder of Zacharev may be linked to the deadly shooting on Delmar Boulevard that happened about an hour earlier in University City.

The Major Case Squad 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.

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 $25,000. Those who want to remain anonymous or who are interested in the reward must call CrimeStoppers.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the agencies investigating this incident.