Shots fired into south St. Louis home barely miss sleeping coupl -

Shots fired into south St. Louis home barely miss sleeping couple, toddler

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – Shots were fired into a home in the Gate District of south St. Louis early Monday morning, one of which flew over the heads of the couple who live there.

The shooting occurred near the intersection of Hickory and Compton around 12:15 a.m. John Sweeney and his wife Ginny, who live inside the home, said a bullet flew only a few feet above their heads while they were in bed. Ginny said she is thankful they were not walking around their home. 

“It ended up being about a foot from the ceiling, like straight through our bedroom. It would have hit him, just a few more feet,” said Ginny Sweeney.

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Both John and Ginny frantically checked their 2-year-old son’s room to make sure he was safe.

“He is right there, right at the front of the house, right where that bullet went in, and that just scared me half to death,” Ginny said.

Ginny and John said the shooter was driving by in a car and fired seven to eight shots.

“Obviously it is very alarming. It’s close to my home and usually it’s quiet around here,” said neighbor Joseph Meador.

Some neighbors told News 4 crime has been on the rise in the neighborhood. Since October, there have been two assaults with a deadly weapon, five assaults, four robberies, and 23 thefts from vehicles. 


Editor's Note: John Sweeney is a KMOV employee

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