Police looking for suspects in shooting that left 2 boys critically injured in North City

Published: Sep. 12, 2022 at 4:19 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2022 at 4:48 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Officers are looking for people accused of shooting a child and a teenager in north St. Louis in mid-September.

The shooting happened in the 4000 block of Palm just before 4 p.m. on September 12. According to police, the boys, ages 9 and 16, were taken to the hospital in critical, stable condition.

“I don’t know what to think, I’m just speechless at this point,” Richard Laurel said.

Laurel’s lived in this Fairground Park neighborhood for years. He said this shooting’s an anomaly.

“We heard what we thought were fireworks, but it kept going and said, ‘no, them gunshots.’ It sounded like a whole Call of Duty match out here,” Laurel explained.

Laurel said it’s rare to see shell casings and evidence markers on his block. However, youth and teen violence across the City of St. Louis has been plaguing neighborhoods for months now, especially this summer. Late Sunday, an undercover city police officer shot and killed 16-year-old Darryl Ross.

“Tragic. Just tragic. I think we got a problem, but it might never get fixed, but there’s always hope. It’s just unfortunate,” Laurel said.

Laurel said he’d like to see more resources poured into underserved communities, and that’s exactly what one city program is targeting.

“One of the things SLATE stands strong and adamant about is providing those opportunities for young people to have a safe place to come to, to grow, and learn what they need to learn,” Fredrecka McGlown said.

McGlown’s the executive director for the St. Louis Agency for Training and Employment (SLATE). It’s a program that helps kids get off the street by providing jobs, education, client incentives and additional wrap-around services.

“It’s been very difficult, but we are trying our best to combat some of those things that are happening to our young people,” McGlown said.

Residents said they’d like to see more being done and fast.

“It’s just like we just swimming around a whole bunch of sharks and the sharks ain’t never gonna go away,” Laurel said.

Police are looking for these people accused of the shooting and seen on surveillance camera walking south on Warne Avenue from Natural Bridge and then stopping near Warne Avenue and Palm Street.

If you recognize these individuals, call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.