A St. Louis man has been charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly bragged on Facebook about boosting the city's homicide count.

Terrell Whiting, 38, was also charged with one count of armed criminal action; he was ordered held without bond.

Whiting is accused of killing Rafael Givins, 33, who was shot in late July. Police released surveillance video in August showing a suspect approaching Givins with a gun, according to KTVI.

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Authorities said they received numerous tips identifying the suspect as Whiting, who lived nearby. Investigators say that they discovered that Whiting had posted on Facebook the night of the shooting: "Whats the murder count inf St. Louis at this moment anyone know!!! #igot3"

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It wasn't immediately clear if Whiting meant that he had killed three people. He is not charged in any other homicides.

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Police took Whiting into custody for questioning. He admitted to being in the area on the night of the shooting, and to owning a 9mm handgun, the same kind used to kill Givins. He even told investigators he had his gun with him that night, but denied shooting anyone.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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