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9-year-old shot standing near mom, siblings

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Investigators process the scene where a 9-year-old was shot Sunday ( Credit: KMOV ) Investigators process the scene where a 9-year-old was shot Sunday ( Credit: KMOV )
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The St. Louis City Police Department is investigating after a 9-year-old boy was shot near a notoriously dangerous corner in North St. Louis.

The child's mother said they were waiting for the bus with two younger siblings Sunday afternoon.

But the corner at Grand and Montgomery is known for drugs and violence.

"This is a drug corner, this is a prostitution corner, this is a dangerous corner," said Tonya Moore. "Ain't no bus stop here."

Moore is 15 months clean and sober but used to work the corner in the Jeff Vander Lou Neighborhood.

Now she and others in the community hope to make a difference and stop what they call "open air drug markets."

"It needs to stop, we're losing our people, a baby really?" said Moore referring to Sunday's shooting. The child was hit in the back and is expected to survive.

James Clark with Better Family Life and several churches are hosting a rally on Sunday, called Common Ground, Common Crisis, with the plan to take the words of their faith and turn them into action.

"One life at a time, we're going to continue going out there, you can't change the community over night," said Pastor Frederick Mccullough of Restoration House Community Church. 

Following Sunday's shooting there were additional police at the corner of Grand and Montgomery, but it did not appear to stop the drug sales.

Alderman Brandon Bosley who represents that part of the city says as a elected official he is working every day with the police department, Mayor's Office and the Neighborhood Stabilization Office to create change at the dangerous corner.

Police have not released any details on who might have fired the shots that hit the child Sunday afternoon.

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