Group of teens shoot 70 year-old man with BB gun, police say - KMOV.com

Group of teens shoot 70 year-old man with BB gun, police say

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

 A man in his 70's was transported to the hospital after police said a group of teens fired a BB gun at him. 

The BB gun shooting occurred in the 4200 block of Nebraska in south St. Louis, around 4:10 p.m. This is the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. 

Police said the 70 year-old victim was walking through a parking lot when he was approached by six males in their early teens. One of the suspects, police said, pulled the BB gun from his waistband and fired a shot at the 70 year-old man. 

The victim sustained a BB shot wound to his cheek, which was punctured by the round. He was transported to the hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. 

After four years of living in Mount Pleasant, John hicks is getting used to the violence. He says this latest assault comes as no surprise to him. "I heard something like that happen before, but it's unfortunate it happened to that old man," said Hicks, "I always hear shootings, so that's regular."

Troy Vine and Randy Lewis are neighbors and friends, who live on Nebraska Avenue. They say they were not surprised by the suspects in this attack. "You got to watch out because I know the teenagers will try to rob you," said Vine.

Vine's only lived in the neighborhood for 7 months but says he was robbed by a teenager on the exact same street. "Earlier when I moved here, I got robbed by a teenager for my phone," said Vine.

Lewis has lived in the neighborhood for 4 years and from his experience, he thinks teens tend to target older people in the area. "If you're an elder, 50 or I'm 60, ya know....no doubt," said Lewis.

However, Hicks says he continues living his life, despite knowing crime is common in his neighborhood. "Usually I'm alright ya know? I should be able to walk down the street like everybody else," said Hicks.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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