ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – An 11-year-old girl died after being shot in north St. Louis late Monday night.
Police were called to the 1500 block of North 20th Street around 11:40 p.m. When they arrived, Charnija Keys, who reportedly lived nearby, was found with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
Keys was taken the hospital and pronounced dead.
The Child Abuse Unit and Homicide Investigative Unit were called to the scene. Police have classified the fatal shooting as ‘suspicious.’
Keys is the second child to die from a gunshot wound in two days. Sunday, a 3-year-old was killed in a drive-by shooting in South City.
Police Chief John Hayden said the fact guns are taking children's lives is a low point for the city.
"I know the kids aren't selling drugs. I know the toddlers aren't selling drugs and toddlers aren't having a personal vendetta with anybody," he said. "So the notion that somebody would shoot when children could be in harm's way is an all-time kind of civic responsibility low that we are experiencing right now."