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Witness account of officer-involved shooting in north St. Louis differs from police

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A witness has a different account than police of what happened when an officer shot a teenager in north St. Louis Saturday night.

Police said several officers were called to the 2500 block of Hodiamont for an alleged larceny.  Authorities said an officer on the scene fired several shots, hitting a 16-year-old male because he believed the teen was charging at him with a gun. The teen’s mother said he is paralyzed.

Rita Collins said the teen did not run towards police, but was actually running away.

“He was running away, he was not running towards them,” Collins said.

Collins said police are getting more aggressive with their tactics and are putting children in danger.

“They are shooting kids while they’re out there. When they shot that boy, there were kids out here. The little girl I was babysitting, her shoes were right where he fell,” said Collins

Collins said the mother recently mourned the loss of her 14-year-old daughter who was killed when another teen accidentally fired a gun.

The teen’s mother told News 4 her 15-year-old son is in juvenile custody for allegedly stealing a gun. The teen who was shot was also arrested in connection with the incident on Saturday.

She also told News 4 she was unable to visit her son in the hospital but is now able to do so because of an order issued by a juvenile court judge. The teen is in critical but stable condition.

St. Louis police said they are not releasing surveillance video of the shooting because it is part of the investigation.

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