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4 children shot within an hour on Fourth of July in St. Louis

The youngest victim was a 4-year-old boy, who was critically injured when he was struck in the head by a stray bullet
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ST. LOUIS — Four children were shot within an hour on the Fourth of July in St. Louis.

In total, 14 people were shot in the city since 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Three of the victims died.

The youngest victim was a 4-year-old boy, who was shot at 10:45 p.m. near the area of Pendleton Avenue and W. Page Boulevard in the Vandeventer neighborhood.

According to a preliminary investigation, he was outside when he was struck in the head by a stray bullet.

The boy was taken by private conveyance to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical, unstable condition. Police do not have information on any possible suspects.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the department's Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

A 7-year-old girl and two adults were shot at 11:15 p.m. on the 1100 block of E. Gano. They had been standing outside when two suspects fired shots at them from an alley.

Police responded to the scene and found the girl and a 45-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound. They were taken to an area hospital, and a 25-year-old man from the same incident later arrived at the hospital with gunshot wounds. Their conditions weren't given, but police said their vitals were stable.

A 14-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were shot at 11:20 p.m. on the 1300 block of Hogan Street. The 14-year-old told police he was standing in Murphy Park when he heard gunshots and was grazed in the back by a bullet. 

The 17-year-old boy said he was driving on Hogan Street when he heard the shots and was struck in the leg. He drove himself to the hospital.

CUT SHORT IN ST. LOUIS

"CUT SHORT: Unsolved Killings of St. Louis Children" is an initiative of KSDK 5 On Your Side and its community outreach program, "Project 5," to raise awareness of the unchecked violence against children in the City of St. Louis from the summer of 2019 to present.

We're dedicated to telling their stories, following the criminal investigations and shining a light on the reasons for gun violence in our city. We won't let up.

Please join us in this important campaign seeking justice for our youth by sharing these stories about their young lives cut short, reaching out to elected officials and supporting the worthy organizations in St. Louis working to make our city's neighborhoods safer places to raise families.

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