St. Louis parents, hug your children. As a teenage boy and a young man both lost their lives in the past 24 hours, many people find themselves wondering what is happening in the St. Louis area.
A 17-year-old boy riding a gas-powered scooter in the Dutchtown neighborhood Thursday night has died after being shot.
Antoine Bryant, who lived in the 5200 block of Idaho Ave., was killed a few blocks away on Louisiana Avenue just before 6 p.m.
Police say a man appeared from a nearby alley and shot several times, hitting Bryant in the shoulder. After he was shot, Bryant drove the scooter several blocks away, to the 500 block of Eiler Street.
There, he collapsed on the street and was taken to the hospital. He died later in the evening.
Police are still searching for the shooter, and say they don’t have a good description of him. According to Fox 2, police say the suspect is an “unknown black male.” If you have information about the crime, you’re asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.
According to the RiverFront Times, Bryant was the 68th victim in the city since the beginning of 2013.
On Friday afternoon, police say a man in his 20s was shot near North Market Street and Vandeventer Avenue. In this case, the shooter chased the man and shot at him from a Hyundai.
While the victim’s vehicle reportedly sustained heavy front-end damage and was riddled with bullet holes, police weren’t sure if the man had fired back.
Police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that this was a moving gunfight—shots were first fired near North Market and Vandeventer, but then the drivers continued for several blocks during the shooting, ending up near North Sarah Street and MLK Drive.
And earlier this month, an east-side 13-year-old’s death was ruled a homicide. He was sitting on his porch in Granite City on May 1 when he was shot in the abdomen.
Police and ambulance reported to the scene in the 2000 block of Cleveland Boulevard in Granite City and rushed Veninga to Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, but it was too late. The 13-year-old was pronounced dead.
The Granite City Police Department said that during the investigation, they tested for drugs and alcohol, but the teen was clean.