ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Homicide detectives with the St. Louis County Police Department say a Jennings teenager was shot and killed earlier this week in north county. The teen had run away from home before being killed.
“Who would want to kill a 16-year-child?” said one Jennings resident, who asked not to be identified. “What could a 16-year-old do that make you want to kill them?”
According to police spokeswoman Sgt. Tracy Panus, the shooting occurred just after 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, in the 9900 block of Glen Owen Drive.
“I seen the ambulance. I looked out and the area was taped off,“ said resident Tracy Bartley.
Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation at that location and found a girl, Marnay Haynes, who had been shot several times and was laying in the middle of the street. Haynes was pronounced dead at the scene. She was 16.
“I was putting my PJs on and I heard the gunshots,” Bartley said. “I knew it was close but did not look out the window. We always hear gunshots.”
Panus says the investigation is ongoing. It’s unclear what lead up to the deadly shooting or if a suspect is in custody.
St. Louis County Police say Haynes was reported as a missing runaway and was not considered endangered.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.