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3 juveniles killed, 16 injured in shootings across St. Louis area this year

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Nineteen juveniles have been injured or killed during shootings across the St. Louis area so far in 2015.

On January 27, an 8-year-old boy was shot during a home invasion. Police said an adult man was getting ready to leave a home in the 3900 block of Lafayette Avenue around 8:45 a.m. when he opened the garage and found a man with a gun. There was a struggle between the suspect and man, which ended when a woman inside the house got a handgun and began shooting at the suspect. The suspect and woman then exchanged gunfire.  The boy suffered a gunshot graze wound to his leg and was taken to a hospital after arriving at the St. Louis Language Immersion School, located at 4011 Papin Street.

In late February, a 3-year-old boy was accidentally shot at a home on Paddock Drive in Florissant. Also in February, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg in the Benton Park West neighborhood.

On March 8, two 16-year-old boys were wounded in a shooting on the city's north side. One of their fathers spoke with News 4, calling for a stop to the violence. A day earlier, a toddler was shot in the Baden Neighborhood. He was grazed in the leg.

On March 11, 6-year-old Marcus Johnson, Jr. was fatally shot while he was riding in a vehicle on West Florissant. Johnson was recovering from heart surgery at the time he was shot. The occupants of a car fired on the family's minivan as it left the park. The boy's 15-year-old brother and a 69-year-old family friend were also wounded.

The youngest victim, a one-year-old boy, was shot in the 8700 block of North Broadway, near Hickey Park on March 17.  One round of bullets went through both child's thighs. The child was listed in stable condition at a St. Louis hospital.

Roughly one week later, on March 24, two 16-year-old's were shot in the 1000 block of South Tucker. The teens both sustained gunshot wounds to their arms.

Six days later, on March 30, a 9-year-old girl was in the backseat of a car with two other children when 23-year-old William Crume and 26-year-old Angelica Wysinger were fatally shot. The girl was shot in the hand.

Two days later in an O'Fallon, Missouri subdivision, a 15-year-old boy was shot during a drug transaction, police said. The teen was shot in the upper body while sitting in a vehicle. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

On May 1, a 3-year-old was shot while three women were arguing with another woman. The fourth woman, police said, fired the shots as the other women drove away. The toddler was inside the vehicle when the shots were fired. The boy sustained a graze wound to the buttocks and was listed in stable condition.

A few days later, on May 6, a 16-year-old suffered a graze wound to the buttocks while sitting on the front porch of a home in the 3700 block of South Compton. The teen, and two women in their 20's, were listed in stable condition following the shooting.

On May 28, a 17-year-old was the victim of a shooting in the 3600 block of Oregon. The victim told police a white two-door vehicle drove past his vehicle, which had two other teenagers inside. The teens told police the suspect vehicle stopped and the suspects emerged on the southwest corner of Miami and Oregon and began shooting at them.

Less than a week later, on June 3, a 6-year-old girl and her father were shot while at a Lucier Park near Hamilton Elementary in the Skinker-Debaliviere neighborhood. According to police, three men inside a silver sedan fired shots at a group of people standing in the school's parking lot, striking the pair. The child and her father were listed in stable condition after the shooting.

In East St. Louis on June 11, two teens were shot, one of them fatally, while on 44th Street around 10 p.m. According to police, Anton Daniels, 15, died of the injuries sustained during the incident. The other teenager, described as a 14-year-old, was listed in stable condition.

On June 20, an 11-year-old was shot while helping his grandmother unload groceries outside the family's apartment in the 5800 block of Page around 10:20 p.m. The boy was shot after he dove on his cousin, who was frozen in fear, to save him. The boy was treated at a hospital and released. 

Teachers and residents alike said they are concerned about what the summer will bring and it's impact on students.

“When I was in the classroom I dreaded when school would open back up in September because we have so much that happens over the summer,” said St. Louis city Teachers Union President Mary Armstrong. “You have children that are playing on playgrounds getting shot playing in the park getting shot and these are kids within our school district.” 

Armstrong said the violence in the community is a major issue in the classroom. The problem is so bad that it is tough for students like Kendra Johnson to focus.

On Sunday, Johnson saw her boyfriend 21-year-old Edmound Dill just before he was shot and killed outside a north St. Louis church.

“We came from the library and we just heard gunshots and we saw him laying on the ground,” Johnson said.

Armstrong said the district wants to help children who have been affected by the violence, but is constrained by resources. 

“We try to make sure that if someone has been killed we get the counselors to come back but that's one day that's one day that goes with the child forever," 

The Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club is offering programs to help get kids off the street. If you want to get involved or donate, please click here.

In response to tragedies like these, News 4 wants to know your ideas to end the violence. Read more about the imitative here and use #EndViolenceStL on social media.


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