ST. LOUIS — Two teenage girls were shot Monday morning in an alley near Compton Avenue and Gasconade Street in St. Louis.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department responded at about 6:45 a.m. Monday to the scene of the shooting in St. Louis' Dutchtown neighborhood.
St. Louis police said both are 14 years old.
“It just sounded like pow, pow, pow, pow. It was right outside my house,” said neighbor, Dani Greene.
Greene knows the girl who was critically wounded.
“She’s still alive so she’s blessed in that way, yes, but she’s just a kid. This is going to affect her for the rest of her life,” said Greene.
“I’m very happy that both survived,” said another neighbor, who did not want his face shown or name released.
Police said one of the victims said they were walking in the alley behind the 4100 block of South Compton when they heard shots and felt pain.
A neighbor tells 5 On Your Side the wounded girls ran across an empty lot before his next-door neighbor let both girls inside his home and then the man called 911.
“He helped he girl who was shot in her back. He grabbed a towel and put it on the wound and kept her strong until paramedics showed up,” said the neighbor.
Police say a bullet grazed one of the girls on her arm.
She was treated for her injury and released from the hospital Monday.
The aunt of the other girl told 5 On Your Side a single bullet went through her niece’s back and into her stomach.
That teen is still in the hospital right now.
Neighbors also say after the shootings, the shooter sped off in a car.
Data compiled by 5 On Your Side shows as of today 100 children 17 years old or younger have been shot in the St. Louis.
This is a developing story. 5 On Your Side will update information as it is confirmed.
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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.
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."
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has an anti-crime program called “Safety Net for Youth Initiative,” which is a joint partnership with St. Louis Public Schools to provide services to at-risk youth.
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.