Police ID child shot, killed while sitting in south St. Louis home

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Posted on March 27, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 4:40 PM

Police: Child shot, killed in south St. Louis City

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(KMOV) – Police have identified an 11-year-old boy who was shot and killed white sitting inside his home in south St. Louis Wednesday evening.

According to police, Antonio Johnson was working on a computer at his home in the 2600 block of Tholozan Ave. around 9 p.m. when he was shot.

Police say the gunman stood on a ledge outside of the home before breaking a window and firing between eight and 10 rounds into the house.

Johnson was struck in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. 

A 4-year-old, a 7-year-old, two teens and two adults were also inside the home when the shooting occurred, but they were not hurt.

Officers were quick to respond and set up a perimeter to search for possible suspects. One person inside the home was taken into custody for questioning. They are not considered a suspect in the shooting.

"Some individual walked up to this house," said St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, "stood on a basement window to get elevation and fired between eight and ten rounds into a side window of this house."

Police believe someone in the home other than the child was the intended target.

“We do not believe the (child) was a target in this,” said Dotson. “One of the teenage boys in the house had been previously shot and we do believe he has some information that can be helpful in this investigation.

Police originally said Johnson was 7 years old, but have since learned he was 11.

Johnson was a fourth grader at Froebel Elementary. One of Johnson's teachers described him as quiet, but caring and sharing toward classmates.

Authorities have not released additional information on a possible suspect. 

Jennifer Florida, Alderman for the 15th Ward, said she is stunned by this violent act.

"My heart goes out to the family and the loss of this little one," Florida said, "In the next couple of weeks, they plan on doing an intensive hotspot policing tactic over here in this area of Tower Grove."

A $2,000 reward is being offered for tips leading to an arrest in the case. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS. 

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