ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Police reported a lunchtime shooting that injured three victims, two of them children, in south St. Louis on Monday.
The children, a 5-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, were listed in stable condition, police said.
That news was a relief to nearby residents, who saw a young girl and little boy being carried from a home after hearing 15 to 20 shots.
The girl was put into an ambulance on a stretcher, she said.
It happened just before noon on Alabama Avenue near Eichelberger Street, that’s in the Carondelet neighborhood.
The children were taken to a hospital. Both were conscious and breathing, police said.
A man at the scene was visibly wounded in his upper back. He was only grazed, according to a friend. He did not go to a hospital.
According to a St. Louis Police spokesperson, the man told officers he walked out his front door and was confronted by two men armed with rifles who started shooting at him. The man said he ran back inside but several bullets went into the home and struck the two children.
The shooters drove off in a gold car, according to witnesses.
There was no further information about the suspects and no word on a motive. Residents said motive doesn’t matter when you end up shooting kids.