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13-year-old shot while working on vehicle with father in St. Louis

Police said the boy had been shot in the buttocks but was still conscious and breathing.

ST. LOUIS — A 13-year-old boy was shot Wednesday afternoon in north St. Louis.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a call regarding the shooting at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. A preliminary investigation revealed the boy and his father had been working on a vehicle in the 8700 block of Riverview Boulevard when they heard gunshots and realized the boy had been struck.

They then drove to the Family Dollar at Union and Lillian, where they contacted police.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the boy had suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks but was still conscious and breathing.

The boy was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

A police investigation into the incident is ongoing.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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.

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.

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