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St. Louis teen shot while walking to meet his girlfriend

The teen snuck out of his house to meet his girlfriend. While walking to meet her, he was shot
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ST. LOUIS — An investigation is underway after a 17-year-old boy was shot in St. Louis early Tuesday morning.

At around 3:45 a.m., police received a call for a shooting after the victim arrived at an area hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg.

The victim told officers he snuck out of his house to meet his girlfriend. While walking in the 3000 block of Cass Avenue, he heard gunshots and felt pain. This is near Jet Banks Park in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood.

The teen walked home and his mother took him to the hospital. Police didn’t give an update on his condition but said his vitals were stable.

No other information about the incident has been released.

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/