11-year-old shot at apartment in Jeff-Vander-Lou


ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police are investigating a shooting involving an 11-year-old girl at a north city apartment building.

According to Evita Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, officers responded to a call around 4:45 p.m. for a shooting in the 1300 block of N. Garrison Avenue.

Officers located the 11-year-old inside a residence with a gunshot wound to her arm. She was taken to a local hospital.

The street outside the apartment building was littered with shell casings, each with an evidence marker next to it. 

No one who lives in this area said this usually was a quiet and peaceful neighborhood.

According to neighborhood resident Rhonda Nolan, it’s just the opposite.

“They shoot all day, every day and I’m taking about Uzi guns; this doesn’t make no sense,” he said. 

Charles Wilson Jr. said he saw two speeding cars turn onto Garrison a few blocks away and, moments later, he heard a lot of gunshots. He’s concerned about the 11-year-old victim.

“She’s very innocent. That’s a young child. That’s a young child.” 

Wilson said the girl was alert and calling for her mom when she was loaded into the ambulance. 

It appeared a bullet from all the shooting in the street went into the girl’s second-story bedroom and struck her in the arm.  

“It just makes no sense. They don’t care about people’s lives no more,” Nolan said. 

People in this area are fed up and want something done. 

“All these so-called elected officials, you can talk the talk but you don’t walk the walk,” Wilson said. “You don’t walk the neighborhoods and talk to the people.” 

One woman said there were 50 shots fired. 

A car ended up on a curb about a block away and drew the attention of crime scene investigators. 

The Urban League’s James Clark showed up to get information on the shooting. He lived in this neighborhood when he was a kid and is saddened to see the area he grew up in marred by violence.

“Hurt, frustration that we continue to see the crime and violence that continues to explode,” he said.

Clark said there have been enough studies and enough thinking; it’s time to get hands-on and fund the fight against violence.

“We just cannot sit idly by and watch our neighborhoods go out of control,” he said.

“We’ve got too many Harvard graduates out there,” Wilson said. “We just need somebody with some damn common sense.”

At this point, St. Louis police have said little about the incident.

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