SAINT LOUIS, Mo. — A 9-year-old boy was shot Friday night in north St. Louis, police said.
The boy was shot in the back inside a home on the 4600 block of North 20th St. shortly after 9 p.m. The scene is near the Grand Avenue Water Tower in the city's College Hill neighborhood.
Police said the 20-year-old suspect left the home after an argument with his girlfriend. He then fired gunshots into the home, striking the boy, and ran away.
The boy was taken to an area hospital. Police did not have an update on his condition Saturday morning but said his vitals were stable.
The location where the shooting happened was roped off with crime scene tape, and police vehicles remained on the scene for several hours Friday night.
At least 97 children under the age of 17 have been shot in St. Louis in 2021, according to 5 On Your Side data.