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.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of three men accused in a 2011 shooting death in St. Louis has been found guilty of first-degree murder.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a jury convicted 21-year-old Michael Ford the Third on Thursday after a four-day trial.
Ford was accused in the death of 22-year-old Calvin Ross, whose body was found in July 2011 in an alley. Authorities say he had been repeatedly shot.
Two co-defendants, DeJuan Blocker of Spanish Lake and Antoine Barton of St. Louis, have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and armed criminal action. They await trial.
A St. Louis Police officer is receiving treatment after an accidental shooting.
Just after 11 AM, an officer was trying to shoot an aggressive dog, but he missed the dog. The bullet ricocheted and hit the officer's partner in the ear and arm. The victim was taken to the hospital and Police Chief Sam Dotson tweeted that the officer was in "good spirits".
A nine-year-old boy continues to fight for his life after being shot in the head overnight.
St. Louis Police say the child was riding in a car with his father and two other men, an 18-year-old and a 22-year-old. They were travelling on Goodfellow near Lillian Avenue around 3:30am Wednesday when the boy was hit.
They took the child to a nearby police station for help where he was rushed to St. Louis Children's Hospital. Police tell KTRS news no one else was hurt.
Goodfellow was closed Wednesday morning between Lillian and Sherry Avenues while police investigated.
No jury will be needed to convict a man of shooting a police officer in the face.
Evan Lockhart admitted Monday morning, to shooting Maryland Heights officer Joe Eaganin the face. The admission came shortly before jury selection was set to start. The shooting over two and a half years ago.
Lockhart will spend 30 years in prison for the crime.
Two suspects are awaiting charges after a brief standoff last night.
The incident started just north of highway 70 in Jennings around 7 PM on Wednesday. Police say the suspects drove by a house and fired several shots into the home. Officers tracked the car to a home in Country Club Hills. The SWAT team was called out after the two suspects barricaded themselves in the house.
Those suspects surrendered a short time later and could face charges before the end of the week.
A senseless murder in a neighborhood near downtown St. Louis.
Police say a man was shot several times when he went to answer a knock on the back door of his apartment. 35-year-old Mark Wells lived in the apartment at Samual Shepard and Leffingwell--several blocks northeast of Harris-Stowe University--with some of his kids. When he went to answer the door, police believe several suspects shot through the door and killed him.
Two of his boys were asleep upstairs when the shooting occurred. Evidence points towards multiple guns being used.
Police have no suspects and ask anyone with information to call Crimestoppers 1-866-371-TIPS.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison plus 120 years for a deadly apartment shooting.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael David sentenced 36-year-old Donnell Rivers Friday for first-degree murder, first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Rivers fired into the apartment multiple times in December 2010, killing 26-year-old Cynthia Williams. None of the other three people in the apartment were hurt.
A statement from Williams' mother was read during the hearing. The statement said that Rivers "should never be allowed to hurt anyone else." An assistant circuit attorney also said that Rivers had been placed on parole four months before the shooting.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 35-year-old man with a history of domestic violence killed his wife and son before fatally shooting himself.
The Post-Dispatch reports that the man cut lawns for his landlord. When the man didn't show up for work Saturday, the landlord went to the south St. Louis home that the family recently moved into and found the bodies.
The man's 26-year-old wife and 3-year-old child had been shot multiple times. Police didn't immediately release their names.
Police say the man had been charged in May with hitting his wife with a tire iron.