Army veteran robbed and shot outside Busch Stadium, left paralyzed

An Army veteran was robbed and shot after leaving the Cardinals ballpark Friday night, where he was attending a game with his family.

Chris Sanna and his girlfriend were walking back to their car when a man held them up at gunpoint right outside the Old Cathedral, just blocks away from the stadium. Police say the suspect shot at them twice after taking the girlfriend’s purse.  Chris was hit –the bullet shattering his spine, and puncturing his lungs and liver.

People in the community are really shaken over this brazen crime and are asking for more security for baseball fans.  According to the, there have been 151 murders in St. Louis so far this year – nearing a 20 year high.

This senseless act of violence has Chris’ mother overwhelmed with feelings of guilt. Tearfully telling KMOV that when one of her four sons asked what she wanted for her birthday, she responded, “I just want all my boys together at the game.” Chris, the eldest, is now in critical condition and doctors say he will never walk again.

Chris’ distraught mother made a very emotional plea to the Mayor of St Louis to do more about the gun violence in the city that she works in and loves so dearly. She says, “enough is enough.”

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help cover medical costs for Chris.

Army veteran Chris Sanna and his mother. Photo courtesy of Chris Sanna.
Army veteran Chris Sanna and his mother. Photo courtesy of Chris Sanna.

Police are looking for witnesses in his case and searching for surveillance video in the area. No arrests have been made.


  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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