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Police: Woman shoots 13-year-old suspect during St. Louis carjacking

The teen was shot in the leg
Credit: KSDK

ST. LOUIS — An investigation is underway after a woman was carjacked and one of the suspects was shot in north St. Louis Monday night.

At around 8:30 p.m., St. Louis police received a call for a report of a “hold up.” When officers arrived, a 37-year-old woman said she was walking from her car to her home when two people approached her and asked for her phone.

When she told them she didn’t have a phone, she said one of the young suspects took out a gun and demanded she give him her car keys and money. She said a 13-year-old suspect was also holding something and implying it was a gun, but she said he never produced a gun.

The woman said she complied and that the teen gave her things to the second suspect. The second suspect got into her car and tried to start it. Police said at this time, the teen was distracted so the woman took out her own gun and fired at the teen.

The teen and the second suspect got away from the area.

While investigating this incident, police were called the 5500 block of Natural Bridge Avenue to check on a victim of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found the 13-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment and placed in the custody of the juvenile courts.

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/

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