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Changes coming to dangerous street corner where 9-year-old shot

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James Smith speaks with News 4 about the recent police presence in the neighborhood (Credit: KMOV) James Smith speaks with News 4 about the recent police presence in the neighborhood (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

An increased effort to clean up a dangerous street corner is making an impact, but some say more needs to be done.

Two weeks ago a nine-year-old boy was shot and injured at Grand and Montgomery. The shooting spark an outrage, a call by community leaders to shut down the open air drug markets and an increase in police presence.


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A police car with a camera on top has sat at the intersection and police cars drive up and down Grand.

“It’s good for the neighborhood, its quiet now, there’s not as much hanging out but we still have a ways to go,” said Jason Smith who owns J&B Liquor.

For 24 years he’s run the liquor store and says he makes an effort to stop the drug dealing outside his front door, including adding surveillance cameras that he hopes will be connected to the Real Time Crime Center.

“To me that’s the key, get the police involved,” said Smith.

But he worries that his business might get shut down in an effort to clean up the North St. Louis neighborhood.

“If we need to shut the whole area down for 30-49 days than that’s what the plan is,” said 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley.

Bosley was elected nine months ago and said he’s been working to reduce the crime at the intersection.

The convenience and liquor store Grand U-Buy voluntarily closed their doors this week. The attorney for said it is only temporary and the store still has a valid permit. He said they closed the store because of demonstrations last weekend and the store’s security stopped providing security which is a requirement from their last citation.

On the store’s locked front door is a letter from the city citing it as a public nuisance for disturbances, drugs and assaults.

“When the store is closed, there can still be crime,” said attorney Dan Emerson.

Bosley said there has been a change for the better in the days the store was closed and next up he says the Grand Motel needs to close.

“I can get the street paved, we can get street lights up make this whole area look more beautiful but they cannot continue to do business this way,” said Bosley.

Smith hopes to work with Bosley and the police department to make the whole corner a better place.

But both men realize that just because the corner is empty this week, doesn’t mean it’s gone.

“This group that is here is at another corner, we have to get to the root of the problem,” said Smith.

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