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ST. LOUIS - Two people are in critical condition, including an 11-year-old, after an early morning shooting in north St. Louis.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Lexington and Norwood avenues around 3 a.m.

The two victims, a father and daughter, were on their way home from a White Castle when a vehicle pulled up alongside them and opened fire. The father drove a short distance after the shots were fired. Police found them in the 3100 block of Norwood.

Both the father and daughter were shot in the back. They're listed in a critical condition at a local hospital.

Tuesday morning's shooting comes less than one week after an 11-year-old boy was shot and killed in his south St. Louis home. The cases are unrelated, but St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says both shootings could have been prevented.

"Everyone raises their children in a different fashion. And you have to look and see, is that appropriate for their lifestyle? I think you have to say that two 11-year-olds were shot. Their parents, who are responsible for their care and custody certainly didn't do everything they could to protect them," he said.

Dotson says the shootings also bring up new concerns over gun laws, and how to prevent criminals from obtaining weapons.

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