7-year-old boy shot to death in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS –  Police say a 7-year-old boy has become the 11th St. Louis-area child killed in a shooting since June.

Police Chief John Hayden says Xavier Usanga was shot to death Monday while standing next to an 18-year-old male who was also shot but survived.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Hayden choked back tears while announcing Xavier’s death. Hayden did not release many details about the shooting, including a suspect description or whether the victims knew each other or the shooter.

The 18-year-old was in stable condition.

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