Large groups of speeders at night have always been a problem for police, but now teens in St. Louis are taking things to the next level by bringing firearms with them during their mass cruises. People gathering in parking lots and driving in large groups make it difficult for law enforcement to single out any one speeder in the group, but what used to be called "cruising" is now called "armed cruising".
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Video from a North St. Louis gas station shows teens pulling up to a busy gas station and firing rifles into the air. The surveillance footage was taken at the Energy Express Travel Center- Phillips 66 gas station located on North Broadway. Businesses in the area have resorted to chaining off all but one entrance to discourage cruisers from gathering. The armed cruising trend was noticed by police back on July 4.
St. Louis police say they are now cracking down on armed cruising before someone is seriously injured or killed. Police Chief John Hayden said, "We’re going to have significant uniform presence for the next few weekends. This is something that occurs over Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and we’re going to have a much heavier presence."
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