Girl, 12, Hit By Stray Gunfire While Playing in Park, St. Louis Police Seek Suspects (PHOTOS)

A twelve-year-old girl was struck by stray bullets while playing in the park in the Carr Square neighborhood yesterday early evening, police say.

Officials report that two suspects were "yelling and shooting at each other" at around 7:50 p.m. when one of the bullets apparently hit the young girl in the hand. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment and is currently in serious, but stable condition, officials say.

The suspects, meanwhile, fled on foot after the shooting -- and cops are now searching for the two men who were caught in these fairly clear surveillance photos.

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The shooting happened at the 1500 block of Carr Street, hitting the girl playing at Loretta Hall Park. The suspects, police say, are two black males in their twenties -- one with shoulder length dreads, 5'7" and wearing a black shirt and another with medium length dreads, 5'10" and in a white t-shirt.

click to enlarge Loretta Hall Park. - via Google Maps
via Google Maps
Loretta Hall Park.

Here's a larger version of that surveillance photo, followed by St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's call on social media for help in locating the suspects and the full incident report.

We need your help! Can you identify these two suspects believed to be responsible for an assault that resulted in a 12-year old female being struck by gunfire yesterday in the 1500 block of Carr? Call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

And the SLMPD incident report:

Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting)
Location: 1500 block of Carr
Date/Time: 8/18/13 @ 19:49
Victim: 12-year old black female
Suspect #1: Black male, 20's, shoulder length dreads, 5"7", wearing a black shirt
Suspect #2: Black male, 20's, medium length dreads, 5'10", wearing a white t-shirt
A large group was gathered in and around the park at 15th and Cole when two suspects began yelling and shooting at each other. The suspects fired numerous shots and then fled on foot north and west toward O'Fallon Place. The victim was struck by stray gunfire while playing in the park. She was conveyed to a local hospital and treated for a gunshot wound to her hand and listed in serious/stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.

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