ST. LOUIS — A 3-year-old boy was grazed by gunfire and injured in north St. Louis Tuesday morning.
St. Louis police said the boy suffered a graze wound to the neck in a shooting that happened at around 8:45 a.m. on the 4700 block of Plover Avenue in the city's Walnut Park East neighborhood.
According to an incident report, police were heading to a shooting call when a 27-year-old woman flagged officers down. She told officers that she was in the area with a 34-year-old man and the 3-year-old boy to buy drugs from a friend. While they were in the alley, she said a man came into the alley and started shooting in their direction.
The 3-year-old boy was grazed in the neck and taken to the hospital for treatment. Police said he was in stable condition.
The woman and man were not injured in the incident.
The investigation is ongoing.
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Better Family Life is a nonprofit community development organization working to “stabilize inner-city neighborhoods.” One aspect of its mission is a gun violence de-escalation program.
To learn more, call 314-381-8200 or visit https://www.betterfamilylife.org/
Life Outside of Violence “helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence.”
To learn more, call 314-327-6697 or email: ProjectLOV@WUSTL.edu
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has an anti-crime program called “Safety Net for Youth Initiative,” which is a joint partnership with Saint Louis Public Schools to provide services to at-risk youth.
To learn more, visit https://www.ulstl.com/anti-crime-initiative.html
Cure Violence is an international organization that has recently launched in a handful of St. Louis neighborhoods. Violence interrupters are trained to deescalate violent situations within their own communities. To learn more, visit https://cvg.org/