Teen gunned down during University City drive-by shooting

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – One teen is dead and two others are injured after a drive-by shooting Wednesday morning. Police are looking for the suspects.

Captain Frederick Lemons says police received a 911 call at around 10:30 a.m. about shots fired in the 8300 block of Braddock. Police found a 17-year-old boy lying on the sidewalk, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. They found two other teens in the area with minor injuries.

Victims and witnesses tell police that two people in a dark colored sedan fired shots at the group. The suspect’s car was last seen driving west on Kempland.

The 17-year-old victim was taken to the hospital. Taylor Simpson was pronounced dead by the emergency room staff. A second victim was treated and released at an area hospital.

Simpson was a junior at Lieberman Learning Center and a former student at University City High School, Brittany Woods Middle, and Jackson Park Elementary School. He was the grandson of former Superintendent Dr. Joylynn Pruitt, who retired from the district in 2016.

“Our hearts are broken,” said Superintendent Sharonia Hardin-Bartley. “This is a terrible tragedy and our prayers are with Dr. Pruitt and all of Taylor’s family.”

Grief counselors and support staff are on hand at UCHS and the Lieberman Learning Center.

“Anytime a kid dies like this, it’s tragic; it’s sad. It’s the worst thing about being an educator, when you have to bury a student,” said Chris Blumenhorst, principal at Lieberman Learning Center.

The school district is cooperating with the police in their investigation.

Blumenhorst said Taylor was on track to graduate on time and was an all-around good student.

This shooting is being investigated by the University City Bureau of Investigations. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 314-725-2211 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).

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