ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Several children have been hit by wild and stray bullets throughout the St. Louis area this year.
The latest incident happened on Saturday at Sarah and Labadie in north St. Louis after an 8-month-old was hit multiple times by gunfire while sitting in a car.
Just two weeks ago, on August 28, bullets were flying around a car at a gas station at Vandeventer and St. Louis Avenue. The shots narrowly missed three children, but hit one adult in the shoulder.
A month earlier, an 11-year-old boy was shot while in a car by an armed robber near Iowa and Cherokee in the Gravois Park neighborhood.
In April, a 4-year-old boy was grazed in the head by a bullet when a gunman opened fire on a car near Newstead and Anderson.
Lastly, an 11-year-old boy was shot and killed while in his home on Tholozan in March. Police say a gunman pointed a weapon in a window and began firing shots widely into the home.
Just two years ago, Parenting magazine put St. Louis at number two on its list of the most dangerous cities for raising children.
A number of factors can lead to a child getting caught in the crossfire of bullets, but the shootings involving children continues to be a growing concern.