The St. Clair County States Attorney is considering charges after a six year old child got a hold of a gun and shot an 11 year old boy in Belleville Tuesday night.
Belleville police spokesman Mark Heffernan says it happened when three children were playing upstairs in a home during a family barbecue. Police say the handgun didn't belong to the owners of the house but may have come from someone who was staying there.
Eleven year old Leonard Smith, Jr. was shot in the head and died on the way to the hospital.
Police say Smith lived in East St. Louis and was visiting the family in Belleville.
One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting in North St. Louis Tuesday afternoon.
Police say about 4 p.m, a man approached a home near Fairground Park. He reportedly yelled at the people sitting on the front porch and then fired shots at them.
One man was hit in the chest. He later died. Another man was hit in the back. He's hospitalized in critical, but stable condition.
Police say a 20 year old man has been taken into custody in connection to the shooting. Police say a disagreement over a debt led to the confrontation.
Prison is the next stop for 26-year-old Carl Matthews.
He was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for sex trafficking. Prosecutors say Matthews conspired with co-defendant Carla Matthews to force to women to engage in prostitution at a local hotel. Carl also forced the woman to apply for federal aid and food stamps to help support the operation.
Carla Matthews will go to trial at a later date.