ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– New details were released about an 11 year old boy who was shot and killed while he was on his home computer Wednesday night.
The shooting happened around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 3600 block of Tholozan.
Police said a gunman climbed onto a basement window sill to fire 8 to 10 shots into Antonio Johnson’s south city home.
Antonio was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said it was a targeted shooting of the home but not the little boy. Six other people, including two teenagers, lived in the house. One teen had been shot before and was being questioned about this shooting.
No arrests have yet been made.
People who live nearby, like Veronica Clark, are stunned by the violence. “It’s really terrible that we can’t sit in our own homes and be safe let alone on the street,” she said.
Jennifer Florida is the alderwoman of ward 15 where Antonio Johnson was killed. She too is grieving the family’s loss. She said it comes at a time when neighbors have been fighting against violence. She added the crime rate in the area is down 20 percent this year. Still, Florida said the police chief plans to target the area. Florida said, “To fortify this neighborhood and to continue to reduce crime, he does plan on initiating hot spot police activity in the next few weeks.”
Any efforts now are too late for Antonio who was giving and kind. Tammy Harrington’s children attended school with the boy, she told her kids about his murder Thursday morning. Harrington said, “They all just looked a little sad. You know what I’m saying, we’re not going to see him no more, That’s sad, that’s really sad.”
The fourth grade student touched many people, both young and old at Froebel Elementary School. His teacher, Donna Horton, watched this year as the once quiet student blossomed. She said, “He began to talk and let his feelings show and voice his opinions on many things.”
A letter was sent home to parents of other students at Antonio’s school and a crisis counseling team will be at the school Friday.
Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.