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11-year-old boy shot after police say man enters apartment and opens fire

The boy suffered a non-life threatening injury

ST. LOUIS — An investigation is underway after a young boy was shot in north St. Louis early Thursday morning.

The shooting happened at an apartment in the 5800 block of Selber Court in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood.

Police said nine people were inside an apartment at about 1:25 a.m. when they heard a knock at the door. When a 29-year-old man opened the door, the suspect walked in and started shooting into the apartment, police reported. Another man inside the apartment fired back and ran away from the scene.

An 11-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to his torso. Police did not have an update on his condition Thursday morning but said his vital signs were stable and he is expected to recover.

A 6-year-old girl, 12-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy also were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting. No one else was injured.

No other information about the shooting has been released. This is a developing story and will be updated as 5 On Your Side confirms more details.

The boy is the 39th child to be shot in the City of St. Louis this year.

Resources for crime victims:

If you have been a victim of a crime or know someone who has been, 5 On Your Side has compiled a list of resources.

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 between and 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/