Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

7-Year-Old Shot While Attempting to Break Into House in St. Louis, Police Say

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2020 at 2:22 PM

Two twelve-year-olds joined the young boy in the attempted burglary, police say. - RIVERFRONT TIMES FILE PHOTO
  • Two twelve-year-olds joined the young boy in the attempted burglary, police say.

A seven-year-old has been shot in north St. Louis while breaking into a home, according to police.

The incident occurred at about 6:07 p.m. on Tuesday night in the 1800 block of North 20th Street, located in the St. Louis Place neighborhood. According to an incident report, police were called to the scene after getting reports of a shooting.

The victim, a 23-year-old man, told police that he was in his home when he heard a banging sound near the rear of his residence, followed by the sound of shattering glass. When he went to investigate, he saw three young boys — the seven-year-old and two twelve-year-olds — entering his house through a window that had just been broken, according to police.

The victim says he feared for his safety, so he fired one round from his gun at the suspects, who promptly fled the scene.

The seven-year-old was shot in the leg, according to police. One of the twelve-year-olds was struck in the wrist by an unknown object, possibly a bullet fragment or some kind of debris, police say.

Both of the injured boys were transported by EMS to a hospital, where they were listed in stable condition. The third boy and the victim in the case were both uninjured.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

  • Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get the latest on the news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 24, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation