Another child shot, killed; Violent year in St. Louis continues

A 3-year-old boy was shot and killed Thursday in north St. Louis County, police say.

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September 12, 2019 - 2:20 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KFTK/AP) updated 6 p.m. Thursday — Another child has been killed in the St. Louis area following a shooting incident that is under investigation in north St. Louis County, Thursday.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said a 3-year-old boy is dead after being shot in the 9500 block of Jacobi Avenue around 11:30 a.m.

In an update just before 6 p.m., police say they believe Rodney March III accidentally shot himself with an unsecured firearm in the bedroom. His mother and father were home at the time.

A female tried to drive him to a nearby hospital. Two officers patrolling near the 9800 block of Halls Ferry Road stopped a woman reportedly driving erratically. It was then when the officers found the child in her vehicle suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 

According to police, the officers began to provide medical assistance to the child, who was then moved to one of the marked police units to be taken to a local hospital. One officer drove, while the other provided life-saving treatment to the boy. 

The life-saving efforts were unsuccessful, and the child was pronounced deceased.

Related: Parson: Missouri in ‘crisis’ with violence in large cities

According to police, the officers began to provide medical assistance to the child, who was then moved to one of the marked police units to be taken to a local hospital. One officer drove, while the other provided life-saving treatment to the boy. 

Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the boy was moved by air to another local hospital. The life-saving efforts were unsuccessful, and the child was pronounced deceased.

This shooting increases the number of child homicide victims in St. Louis to at least a dozen for the year, according to AP. St. Louis has had about 140 homicides in 2019 and is on pace to top last year’s total of 186.

Belmar updated media on the scene, at a two-story brick apartment north of I-70, off Lucas-Hunt Road.

Police say the St. Louis County PD's Bureau of Crimes Against Persons is leading an investigation, which is very active at this time.

This week, Gov. Mike Parson met with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and about a dozen other area leaders to address a “crisis” with violent crime in both St. Louis and Kansas City.

During the weekend of Aug. 23-25, two children and three adults were fatally shot, all in separate instances. During that same time, a third child died of stab wounds. 

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