15-year-old in hospital after being shot in the chest

ST. LOUIS – A 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital Thursday after being shot in the chest. Police said they found the teenager in someone’s yard near Vashon High School.

Officials said they had many questions about what led to the shooting and hoped witnesses could provide some answers.

“Basically, there was some sort of argument and then they heard several shots being fired,” Lt. Sam Gilman of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. “The victim was found lying in the yard.”

He said that unfortunately, violence is not uncommon in this area.

“This is a high crime area. So things like that happen,” Gilman said.

Thursday’s shooting in Webster and Brantner took place directly across from Vashon High School, where the four candidates for St. Louis police chief said earlier this week gun violence and violence among young people are their top priorities.

“Our children are getting younger and younger when it comes to being victims of violent crime, and that’s something we shouldn’t normalize,” said Alderman Brandon Bosley. “It’s reaching our teens now, and sadly at some point we’re going to see those numbers get even lower as a lot of teens are caring for their younger brothers and sisters.”

Bosley said he is passionate about how the community can help prevent more youth violence, which everyone can do now.

“We have to start thinking differently and our people have to start looking at each other as assets,” Bosley said. “Each and every one of us is an asset, and we consider each one as unfortunate as expendable.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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