Toddler shot in both legs during drive-by shooting

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A two-year old boy is the latest child to be caught in the middle of a drive-by shooting in St. Louis.  It happened Saturday afternoon a block north of Soldan High School on North Union Blvd.

St. Louis police report bullets struck the child  in both legs around 2:30pm.  He was taken to an unnamed hospital and was in stable condition.

Next door to the shooting scene,  members of the Ark of Safety Center Ministries  were holding an outdoor church fish fry.   No one there was injured.

Ingrid Smith, a church worker,  said a group of young black men had been recording a music video in front of a Chinese restaurant when the shots were fired.  Police say the shots came from a silver colored vehicle and someone in the crowd returned fire.  Detectives found multiple bullet casings on the parking lot.

Smith described the scene.  "You could hear a bunch of shooting,   no one got shot except the two year old little boy."

"His daddy was hysterical going  crazy…ahh…ahh  my son, my son," Smith said adding,  "But the little boy cried for about five minutes and he raised his head up and said 'Daddy I'm okay.  Don't cry.' "  Smith found the experience enlightening.  "It taught me something today that God is good and children can teach us something and encourage us."