Girl, 12, Struck by Stray Bullet in North City; Two Injured in Tower Grove Shooting

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Lindsay Toler
St. Louis Metropolitan Police investigate a shooting in Tower Grove South Saturday night.
Police are looking for four gunmen after two separate shootings sent four people, including a twelve-year-old girl, to the hospital Saturday night.

The twelve-year-old was inside a house in the 4400 block of St. Ferdinand Avenue where, police say, several people were gathered when three unknown men walked through the vacant lot across the street and started firing into the crowd at 9:15 p.m.

A 39-year-old man retrieved a firearm and shot back, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. The shooters fled south through the vacant lot.

The girl was shot in the thigh. She was treated at the hospital and released, police say. A 43-year-old man refused medical attention for a minor graze wound to his right elbow.

See also: Another 11-Year-Old Shot: Girl and Dad Gunned Down After 3 A.M. White Castle Stop

Earlier that night, a shooter injured three men -- ages 24, 28 and 30 -- in the neighborhood south of Tower Grove Park. Police say an unknown suspect fired at the men from the gangway, which is a walkway between houses, at the 4100 block of Wyoming Street just before 7:30 p.m.

The 28-year-old victim was struck in the thigh, and the 30-year-old victim was shot in the back. Both men were listed as stable at the hospital. The 24-year-old man sustained a minor injury to his finger.

Police describe the suspect as a black man with dreadlocks in his thirties wearing a white shirt.

Here's the complete report from police:

Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting)

Location: 4100 block of Wyoming

Date/Time: 4/26/14 @ 19:24
Victim #1: 28-year old black male

Victim #2: 30-year old black male

Victim #3: 24-year old black male

Suspect: Black male, 30's, dreadlocks, wearing a white shirt

The victims were in the front of a residence in the above location when an unknown suspect fired shots at them from the gangway. Victim #1 suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh and was conveyed to a local hospital and listed as stable. Victim #2 suffered a gunshot wound to the back and was also listed as stable. Victim #3 responded to a hospital on his own to be treated for a minor injury to his finger. The investigation is ongoing.

Incident: Assault 1st (Shooting)

Location: 4400 block of St. Ferdinand

Date/Time: 4/26/14 @ 21:14

Victim #1: 12-year old black female

Victim #2: 39-year old black male

Victim #3: 43-year old black male

Suspects: Three black males

Several people were at the above residence when three unknown black male suspects walked through the vacant lot across the street and began firing gunshots at the crowd. Victim #2 retrieved a firearm and returned fire. The suspects fled south through the vacant lot out of sight. Victim #2, who was inside the residence at the time of the incident, sustained a gunshot wound to the thigh. She was conveyed to a hospital where she was treated and released. Victim #3 sustained a minor graze wound to his right elbow and refused medical attention. The investigation is ongoing.

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Danny Jendusa
Danny Jendusa

I'm convinced, especially because of the insensitive Facebook tagline accompanying this story about a child who was the victim of a horrendous crime, that the only reason RFT did this story was to gain "clicks". The state of journalism today is sad and it's disappointing that the RFT contributes to this low-brow level of journalism in our city. The RFT serves as an entertainment and community newspaper. If it is not going to contribute anything above the level of simply listing off the latest "gossip" about victims who have experience irrevocable trauma in their lives due to violent crime in our region, it has no business publishing articles about crime. People want to be informed about crime and how they can be active in reducing crime, because they care about their communities. Publish on that level. Leave the crime gossip to the KSDK's and FOX2's of St. Louis- outlets which millenials who actually care about St. Louis are rejecting.

Adam Usher
Adam Usher

Should've called stray rescue of St. Louis for that bullet.

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

Suspect is a black male. Ya don't say!

Jason Kanzler
Jason Kanzler

Yes nobody died back then. Everything was perfect!

Susan Marty Cassler
Susan Marty Cassler

We used to live on Wyoming 40 years ago...just a couple of houses from Holy Family School. What the hell happened??? My sons rode their bikes, walked to friends' homes....played ball in the alley....I feel sorry for the kids today/

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