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Update: Tyrese Short, Age Nine, Shot in Head in Drive-By St. Louis Shooting (Homicide No. 53)

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via KSDK (Channel 5), video below
Tyrese Short, nine.
Update: A nine-year-old St. Louis boy who was shot in the head in an early morning drive-by incident on Wednesday has died, police say. Our original coverage of the shooting is below.

Police officials have identified the homicide victim as Tyrese Short who lived on Switzer Avenue in the North Pointe neighborhood in St. Louis. Cops say the boy was shot while sitting in the passenger seat of a car with his father and two other males, ages eighteen and 22.

They were driving at around 3:30 a.m. on Goodfellow Boulevard by Laura Avenue when an SUV allegedly drove up behind them and a shooter with a handgun opened fire, shattering the rear window -- and hitting the young boy in the back of the head.

Police have not yet released any details on a potential suspect.

An aunt of the boy told KSDK (Channel 5) that the father and son were on the way back from a gathering with two family friends when the shooting happened.

Police officials believe that the father, 42, and the 22-year-old male may have been the targets.

The boy is the 53rd homicide victim in the city of St. Louis in 2013.

Police ask anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

Here's footage from KSDK with an interview with the boy's aunt, followed by our original coverage yesterday.

Original post, Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:02 a.m.:

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via KTVI
Crime scene early Wednesday morning.
The latest victim of gun violence in the city of St. Louis is a nine-year-old boy who police say was shot early this morning in a drive-by incident that sent him to the hospital where he is now clinging to life.

Police say the boy was hit in the head.

Officials have not released any details on possible suspects in this shooting, which happened at around 3:30 a.m. on the Goodfellow Boulevard and Laura Avenue in north St. Louis.

Police say the boy was a passenger in a vehicle last night in a car with his father and two other males, ages eighteen and 22.

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via Google Maps
Goodfellow Boulevard and Laura Ave.

After the shooting happened, the driver reportedly went to a north patrol station for help where cops observed that the boy had been hit. He was then transported to the hospital.

There were no other reported injures.

KTVI (Channel 2) confirms that this was some sort of drive-by shooting.

And the Post-Dispatch has this Google Map which shows where the shooting happened in relation to the north patrol department where the driver sought help.


Here's the short incident report from SLMPD released this morning.

Incident Assault 1st (Shooting)
Location: 5000 block of Goodfellow @ Laura
Date/Time: 07/10/13 @ 03:38
Victim #1:9-year old black male
Victim #2: black male
Victim #3: 22-year old black male
Victim #4: 18-year old black male
Suspect(s): Unknown
The victims responded to the North Patrol Station to report a shooting. Officers observed Victim #1 suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was conveyed to a local hospital and is listed in critical/unstable condition. Victim #2 is the father of Victim #1. Investigation revealed that Victim #1 was shot at while he was a passenger in a vehicle with the other victims. There were no other injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

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Jerepa
Jerepa

There may have been a legitimate reason for being out at 3:00 am. When I had to go to work and my daughter was 7/8 years old, I had no choice but to take her out at 4:00 am to the caregivers home during summer. That shouldn't be an issue. All children that are victims of senseless acts of violence deserve the same amount of attention from the media. Tyrese's life was just as important as Trayvon's.

Marshall Patrick
Marshall Patrick

My statement has nothing to do with racist..........so now who is ignorant ???

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

But no one cares about this, they would rather have a meltdown over the Florida case.????????????

Maria Sparks
Maria Sparks

Such a sad and senseless act of violence. When will we stop killing each other?!

Jaimee Stang
Jaimee Stang

We should all be focusing on the change we want to see locally. if we all stopped accepting these kinds of deaths as "expected" and started making as much of a fuss about hate as we do about "racism" then we will start seeing the change we want in the world. It starts in your own home and feeds from there. If you stop teaching your children to hate then they will teach us all how to love.

Tonray Crocker
Tonray Crocker

The death of any child is a tragedy, why is this poor boys any different than the sad death of Teson, the little 9 yo from Illinois killed by a hit and run driver?? This is pretty irresponsible reporting. Respect each family and child, no one is greater or less than the other.

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

where's the outrage for this little soul?

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

His own father won't cooperate with police, how shameful.

Tisha Lynn
Tisha Lynn

Alexandria people have the right to drive home, it could have been from out of town, hospital ect. Karen people kill people for the fun of it these days what does paying their bills have anything to do with it.Prayers to this young boy and his family and friends

Alexandra Dee
Alexandra Dee

This is why 9 year olds should be home and in bed at 3AM????

Karen Trifonoff
Karen Trifonoff

If the people ever decide to pay their bills, not do drugs, not cheat on their spouse and be a good Samaritan, maybe people will stop shooting people.

Dave Muser
Dave Muser

It will change when the people decide to evolve

Chico Andy Mann
Chico Andy Mann

only 9 years old and already being taught the art of 'no responsibility." Do you think pouring more money into a school district will help this kid if he survives? Or do you think he'll grow up to be a useless POS like his daddy?

Chico Andy Mann
Chico Andy Mann

3:30 AM is a good a time as any when you don't have a job and have NO intentions of getting one.

Rick Firestein
Rick Firestein

The 9yr old's pappy, who was with him at that hour, is 22 yrs. old.'

Jason Patrylo
Jason Patrylo

no it's not the crime, but poor parenting results in the kid being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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My brother in law took my nephew out this late at night because he had to pick my other nephew up from work and did not want to leave his 9 year old son home alone!!!! It just so happens that by doing a good deed and taking a co worker of my nephew home this happens to his son. So all of you asking "Why a 9 year old was out at 3 am", this is why! Not everyone has the privileges you do. You should not judge anyone for doing what they HAVE to do. His mother is in Texas and on her way to her sons side now. Have a heart people, we are a close family and this is tearing everyone up.  

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

There is a difference between a legal and street carried weapon. The difference is the person carrying it. Guns don't kill people, black people in an impoverished racist city with guns, kill people.

Derrick Greenwell
Derrick Greenwell

stupid fucking animals. thats what it takes to kill and act with such disregard for human life. hey MP wheres your "gun control"? yeah...

Jay Brandt
Jay Brandt

It's clear that the city of St Louis just needs more guns! Just ask the NRA and GOP, they'll tell you....guns don't kill.

David Gilmore
David Gilmore

Get all the inacent people out and let the shoot each other , then we can take the city back! Gun control has nothing to do with this , it's stupid people that should have had there ass beat one more time! Just my opinion.

Theresa Overkamp-Gilmore
Theresa Overkamp-Gilmore

Exactly..I was wondering the same thing! He should have been in bed sleeping, not out roaming the streets!!!!

Kathie Steffens
Kathie Steffens

The City better get a handle on this gun violence. Is there a campaign to fight it? Maybe, I'm missing something.

Alexander Wilson
Alexander Wilson

Don't let your nine year old children walk the streets at 3:30 a.m.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Prayers going out to the boy...his family...and for this city.

Cheri Jean Sweaney
Cheri Jean Sweaney

Maybe they were on their way to catch an early flight to visit their sick grandma in Florida, and brought along the other 2 members of their barbershop quartet so they could perform her favorite song one last time before she dies.

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@Chico Andy Mann ha, my brother in law is no where near a POS

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@Rick Firestein actually his dad is 42!!!!

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@Jason Patrylo so you would leave your child home alone?


theanthropoid
theanthropoid

@small I'm so sorry for your loss. If there are poor people and/or black people involved, there are just way too many people who love nothing better than to blame the victims. Reading comments is no good for the soul, ma'am, because there are way too many cruel people who love to say cruel things. I hope you and your family can find some peace in this. God bless. 

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@Theresa Overkamp-Gilmore For your information, he was not "roaming" the streets!!

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