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Woman killed, 7-year-old girl shot in ankle in north St. Louis shooting

Police said the woman had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene. She was identified Friday as 34-year-old Diesha Boyd

ST. LOUIS — A woman was killed and a 7-year-old girl was injured in a double shooting in north St. Louis Thursday night.

Police said they were called to McLaran Avenue and Goodfellow Boulevard at around 7 p.m. for a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found a woman and a girl shot.

Police said the woman had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene. She was identified Friday as 34-year-old Diesha Boyd. 

The 7-year-old girl was shot in the ankle. She was awake and alert when she was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The girl is the 24th child shot in the City of St. Louis so far this year, according to data tracked by 5 On Your Side.

A third victim, an 18-year-old woman, had an abrasion on her foot, police said. Three other people were at the scene when the fatal shooting happened: a 12-year-old girl, 17-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman. No one else was injured.

Homicide detectives are handling the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371, or anyone with a tip who wants to remain anonymous and is interested in a reward can contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

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/