(KMOV.com) – Police are searching for a man who shot a teenager in the face as he walked to the school bus stop on Wednesday morning.
The 17 year old victim was shot in the cheek just after 7 a.m. in the 8700 block of Northcrest Lane, near Grape Avenue in north St. Louis. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The victim was on his way to catch the school bus to go to Vashon High School, where he is a sophomore.
This is the second time a teenager was shot on his way to a school bus stop in less than a month. On the morning of October 22nd, 16 year old James Moore was gunned down and killed near Barrett Brothers Park while walking to a Sumner school bus stop.
Wednesday afternoon, police provided an update saying that investigators don’t believe the two shootings are connected.
The victims attended different schools. The shootings happened about three miles apart.
Police say they are following strong leads in the Northcrest Lane shooting.
Moore’s case is still open. No one has been charged in his murder. His family told News 4 that Moore was friends with another Sumner student who was found shot to death in the 4700 block of Cote Brilliante. Chauncey Brown, 16, was killed after leaving a party on MLK the night of September 27th. His family reported him missing when he didn’t return home. The next day, police found Brown’s body.
Following a second shooting of a student near a school bus stop, St. Louis Public Schools spokesman Patrick Wallace tells News 4 that the district’s security force works with police to identify any known threats and step up patrols of certain bus stops.
“If there’s credible information that something might occur, then yes, security is beefed up,” said Wallace.
“There’s thousands of bus stops. You couldn’t possibly ask St. Louis Police or our security force to be at every bus stop at the City of St. Louis where we have children being picked up,” he added.
Second Ward Alderman Dionne Flowers lives down the street from the Northcrest shooting scene. She said she reached out to the police chief about going door-to-door to ask people to participate in the Neighborhood Ownership Model in the 2nd Ward. NOM has been adopted by several city neighborhoods. The program encourages neighbors to actively patrol and report suspicious activity to police.
“We’ve been trying to push to a Neighborhood Ownership Model. So, I think this is a good time to really start to do that,” said Flowers.