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Boy, 3, shot while sitting inside vehicle

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A boy, 3, was reportedly shot in the 4800 block of Bessie Thursday morning. A boy, 3, was reportedly shot in the 4800 block of Bessie Thursday morning.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A 3-year-old was taken to a hospital after being struck by a bullet Thursday morning.

The boy’s father told police he was placing the child inside his vehicle in the 4800 block of Bessie when three unknown men approached him, displayed firearms and began to force him back inside the home just after 8 a.m.

After hearing the commotion outside, two of the home’s residents retrieved guns and began firing at the suspects, who then returned fire and left the scene, police said. Neighbors said they heard roughly 20 gunshots.

Family members, authorities said, noticed the father’s vehicle sustained bullet holes and that the boy, who was still seated inside, was hit in the buttocks.

The boy was listed in stable condition after being driven to the hospital by family members.

One neighbor said he is concerned St. Louis no longer safe for children.

"It makes me to the point where I don't even want to stay in St. Louis anymore, personally. Because like I said, I've got two kids right now and a girl on the way. It's just ridiculous," said neighbor Mark McConel.

According to police, two firearms were recovered at the home and a large amount of money was found in the father's truck.

The investigation is ongoing.

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