ST. LOUIS COUNTY ( -- A teenager has been charged after a 13-year-old boy was shot while walking in front of a North County apartment complex Thursday evening. 

Clifford Swan III and Jabari Lowery

Jabari Lowery, 18, is accused of fatally shooting Clifford Swan III, 13, outside a North County apartment complex on Sept. 12, 2019.

Police said the boy, later identified as Clifford Swan III, was found shot around 6 p.m. near the Oak Park Apartments in Spanish Lake near Interstate 270 and Bellefontaine Road. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

"I had gotten a phone call from his uncle. They told me I need to get to the hospital quick. When I got home, they let me know my son had passed," said Swan's father Clifford Swan, Sr. "I did anything a normal parent would do. I broke down. It's not sitting well with me, I just need some answers."

Early Friday morning, St. Louis County police said an 18-year-old male suspect had been taken into custody in relation to the shooting death. He was later identified as Jabari Lowery. 

Swan, Sr. said his son did not know Lowery.

Lowery has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Police said they believe Lowery poses a danger to the community because he "has been observed murdering a child." 

Police said Swan was walking with two individuals, either friends or relatives, in the 11100 block of Oak Parkway Lane when a series of gunshots rang out and the boy was struck. 

The morning after the fatal shooting, while officers were attempting to make an arrest in the case, 17-year-old Montez Eskew allegedly fought and kicked officers. 

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Montez Eskew, 17, is accused of fighting and kicking arrest when they went to arrest a murder suspect on Sept. 13. 

According to police, Eskew has been charged with third-degree assault-special victim and resisting/interfering with an arrest for a felony. His cash-only bond was set at $50,000.

Donna Johnson lives in the apartment complex and said the community is sick of the violence around the St. Louis area. 

"This is the second time that I've lived in these apartments this has happened and it's been a child," Johnson said. "I wish it would stop, I really do."

Swan's shooting death comes after a 3-year-old accidentally shot and killed himself earlier in the day. 

With Thursday's two shootings, guns across the St. Louis area have claimed the lives of 17 children under the age of 16 since early May.

If you have any information about the shooting, call the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

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