Teen girl killed, boy critical after south St. Louis shooting

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Police are still looking for the man who shot two teenagers, killing one, Monday in south St. Louis. Meanwhile students at a Soulard charter school are trying to come to grip over the loss of a classmate.

Chelsea Harris was 16 years old when she died, Monday.  She and an 18-year-old who neighbors describe as her boyfriend were stepping out of a car near the young man’s home on Dewey Avenue when the suspect came up and opened fire.

“I heard the first five shots so I asked my pops was anybody working around here,” Tisung Coley said.  “He said, ‘No.’ He stopped me because I was about to run out.  He stopped me at the door and said, ‘Don’t go out.’  And he called the police.

The man was up against a fence bleeding.  He was rushed to the hospital where he’s in critical but stable condition.  Chelsea Harris made it to a nearby home where she collapsed and died.

Harris was a junior at the Lift for Life Charter School in Soulard.  She had been there since the sixth grade.  Dr. Katrice Knoble says it was almost like a very positive switch had flipped for the girl this school year.

“A student that I would say, this year: Vibrant, turned around, working a job, grades all A’s and B’s, attitude, something I had never seen before to this degree.  I was extremely proud of her and the change she had made in her life.”

This morning she says students came to school trying to figure out how to cope with Chelsea’s death.

“We had an extreme number of students that were extremely distraught,” Knoble said.  “I would say the first hour and a half was possibly the hardest hour and a half I have ever lived here at Lift for Life Academy.”

Chelsea had a job at a local Hardees’ restaurant and was getting ready to take the ACT test, planning on attending college.  Now all anyone can do is wonder how far that promise might have taken her.

“Beautiful definitely,” Knoble said. “Extremely bright. Intelligent.  A natural leader that others followed.  One who could set the tone whether it was positive or negative, but this junior year it had always been positive.

People had similar positive things to say about the man who was shot.

“He a cool little person,” Coleay said.  “Graduated from school, always spoke, had a job.  He was good.  He didn’t never get into no trouble or nothing.”

What no one can figure out is why the two teens were targeted.

Police say they’re looking for a black male about eighteen years old.  They said he’s between 5’5” and 5’6” and weights between 125 and 130 pounds.  He is dark complected and has a low fade haircut with sideburns.

If you have any information on the case, contact CrimeStoppers at (866)371-TIPS.