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3 teenagers shot in drive-by at north St. Louis bus stop

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Three teenagers were taken to a hospital after being shot at a bus stop near a north St. Louis elementary school Wednesday morning.

Two males, ages 17 and 15, sustained gunshot wounds to the leg, and a 16-year-old female sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach while standing at a bus stop in the area of Genevieve and Lillian around 7:40 a.m. The shooting occurred in Ward 27, which includes the neighborhoods of Baden, North Point, Walnut Park East and West.

The teenagers were standing at the bus stop when a light-colored car occupied by two men drove by and somebody inside fired gunshots at the group, authorities said.

"I see all these kids, but this one little boy, 15 or 16 years old, he ran right past my house leg shot, bleeding," LaToya Jordan, who witnessed the incident, said. "He just kept running and he ran to the school that my kids attend and that's when the ambulance was called of course because he was shot in the leg." 

According to officials, after being shot, the teenagers went to nearby Walbridge Elementary School for help. The teenagers sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

"In other neighborhoods they have things happening in the Central West End, one person will get killed but over there in Walnut Park, sixth district, we will have multiple killings and they won't send any officers or resources our way, " Ward 27 Alderman Chris Carter said.

Last year, Ward 27 had 20 homicides according to police data. 

"I have noticed that there is so much happening and then when you do call the police it takes forever for them to get here and then we they get here, they want to question you like you had something to do with it," says resident Dietrich Sheran. 

Carter said he has asked for extra help from the police department and the response he gets back is "that they are doing it.”

We took Carter's concerns to the Maj. John Hayden, commander of the North Patrol, who said each ward is treated equally. 

"Each district has nine beats. Each district has a contingent overlay of officers and then we all have access to the flexible resources if needed," Hayden said. 

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