ST. LOUIS ( – A teenager was shot and killed while on his way to catch a bus in the Kingsway East neighborhood Tuesday morning.

A News 4 photographer in the 1700 block of North Euclid Avenue around 6:20 a.m., immediately following the shooting, said emergency crews were performing CPR on 17-year-old James Scales. About an hour later, police officials told News 4 scales had succumbed to his injuries.

According to police, the teenager was shot multiple times. Homicide detectives have been requested to investigate.

News 4 spoke with neighbor Sonnie Williams, who lives on the same street as Scales, who said hearing shots being fired is a common occurrence in the Kingsway East neighborhood.

"All night all you hear is shooting, cars and police," said Williams, "Basically around here it's like Afghanistan...seriously, it's scary."

Scales was a junior at a special education program at Beaumont High School.

The St. Louis Public School program he was a part of is called SET, Special Education Transition. Staff and students in the program with Scales are left in shock over this loss.

"It is disheartening when we lose a child to this kind of violence," said Candice Boyd, director of special education for STL Public Schools.

Boyd says she's been giving the same advice to everyone who knew Scales.

"Just learn with each other, just work with each other, talk with each other, talk about it, and support one another through this process cause it's hard," she said.

Boyd says Scales was a hard working student and his goal was get himself back to a regular high school setting.

"He was working with staff members there to work himself out of that program," said Boyd.

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