ST. LOUIS, Mo. – More details are coming in about a 3-year-old who was grazed by a bullet Wednesday night. The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. in the 4200 block of Evans Avenue, located in the Vandeventer neighborhood of north St. Louis.
Police say that the victim’s mother parked her car in front of a family member’s home. She left five children ranging in age from one to nine years old in the vehicle while running the errand. Several gunshots rang out as she stood on the front porch of the home.
When the gunfire stopped, the mother discovered damage from the shooting to her vehicle. She then realized that the three-year-old had been struck. None of the other children were injured in the shooting.
The mom then called for help. The injured child was taken to a hospital by ambulance. He is listed in stable condition.
Toni Beard lives on the street where the shooting happened, heard the gunfire, and called 911.
“We heard the gunfire and it was 10 or 12 shots. Two different types of guns. The lady apparently, she pulled up to bring some groceries and water to her aunt with a car full of kids. A kid got shot,” Beard said. “She was screaming and yelling she had her baby with her and said someone please call an ambulance.”
The Alderwoman and other community leaders talked about the violence.
“We have a generation of young people walking around with no emotions, no feeling, no empathy no nothing,” Committeewoman Lucinda Frazier said.
“It’s ridiculous, it comes down to a lack of respect. Where is the respect in our neighborhood,” Alderwoman Dwinderlin Evans said.
The police report did not list a motive for the shooting. It is not clear who the suspects were targeting.
Detectives say the 3-year-old boy was at least the 32nd child to be injured or killed by gunfire this year across the St Louis area. Residents and community leaders are calling for the violence to end.
“This is not just a shooting problem, it’s a culture issue that is happening in the city, and we as a people need to do something about it and stop blaming other cultures for what is happening now,” Alderman Brandon Bosley said.
Police say the gunman is still at large.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477). You can also report a tip online at www.STLrcs.org or by using the P3 Tips app.