Gravois Park residents angered at large amount of shooting victims

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 28 at 5:32 PM

(KMOV.com) -- An 11-year-old boy is one of nine people shot and wounded overnight in gunfire across the city of St. Louis and residents are angry.

The child was shot in the arm just after midnight in what police described as an attempted holdup. It happened along Iowa, a block south of Cherokee – an area the city is trying to revitalize.

Barb Potts in the Neighborhood Stabilization Officer for the Gravois Parks Neighborhood where the 11-year-old was shot, along with his mother and another man. They were sitting in a car, waiting for the man to get in when the gunman walked up, said he was going to rob them and then opened fire.

“There is no reason, absolutely new reason for an 11-year-old to be shot,” Potts said, “for anybody to be shot.”

20th ward alderman Craig Schmid agreed with Potts and told News 4 those people were not the only victims of this attack.

“It has a ripple effect throughout the entire neighborhood,” Schmid said.

“I will tell you, whoever did this will be caught,” Potts stated, “and when they do get caught Gravois Park will be in the courtroom.”

Potts continued saying neighbors will be in court to speak, letting the judge know the harm done to the neighborhood.

“It’s extremely important because this is not just a crime against Gravois Park,” she said, “This is a crime against the neighborhood. This is a crime against the city and we are not going to stand for it. Gravois Park is zero tolerance where this is concerned.”

Schmid said neighbors can make a difference, but they need to be patient.

“We try to work with the neighborhood to let them know the power they still have to try and regain control,” he added, “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”

All three shooting victims are listed as stable, but police only have a vague description of the suspect from witness. Stay with News 4 and KMOV.com for further updates. 

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