ST. LOUIS, MO.- Black lives matter, right? Well some of them do, especially if they help to perpetuate a myth, that being the myth of police indiscriminately shooting blacks across the country.
Yet, in cities such as Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis and others, blacks are shot every day, multiple times a day. And sadly, many of those shooting victims are children.
In St. Louis, KSDK reports that a 14-year old boy was grazed in the neck by a bullet this past Wednesday night. His crime? He was riding in a car with a man, a woman and two other children when someone indiscriminately fired shots into a car.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was dispatched to the scene and found the boy with a grazing bullet wound to his neck.
Police were told by a woman that she was in the car with four other people—the victim, a man and two other boys aged 14 and 11. The suspect, unknown to the people in the car, then fired several shots into the vehicle. They boy was treated at the scene. There were no other injuries inside the car.
St. Louis police said they seized a gun and the incident was under investigation.
Meanwhile, also in St. Louis, a 13-year-old boy was shot while he was in his backyard, also on Wednesday. The boy told police that a blue pickup truck drove by and a man shot out the window. The incident occurred at around 1 p.m. The boy was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg.
While police did not report on the boy’s condition, they did say that his vital signs were stable. Police said the suspect is a male between the ages of 17 and 20.
Last week, a four-year-old boy died after being shot in what police are calling an accidental shooting. Police confirmed to KSDK that a child had been shot at around 10:30 pm last Friday in the Berkeley area.
In Belleville, IL., police have charged five teenagers and a 20-year old with murder in connection with the shooting death of a Belleville teenager last month.
Police said Nolan Birge, 17; Tarik Horton, 19; Nicholas Lester, 17; Marquis Triplett, 16; Keandre Hollins, 21; and Olivia Willey, 19 were all charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of 16-year-old Damauryon Smith.
The shooting took place on June 24 at around 5:30 p.m. The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis said Smith was found with gunshot wounds to his torso. He was rushed to the hospital, then airlifted to a St. Louis hospital, where he later succumbed to his wounds.
Smith was able to provide investigators with information on the suspects prior to his dying. Police also interviewed several neighbors to obtain additional leads.
Suspects were also charged individually with a variety of other crimes, including armed violence, attempted robbery, aggravated robbery and attempted armed robbery.
This past Wednesday, a drive-by shooting took place this time again in St. Louis. A teenager was shot in the arm in the area of the Greater Ville neighborhood police said. The incident occurred at around 3:50 p.m.
Police said the shots came from a blue sedan. The victim was conscious and breathing when he was transported to the hospital.
According to police, so far in 2020, 60 children—ages 17 and under—have been shot in the City of St. Louis. Twelve of those shootings were fatal.
An emergency room doctor in St. Louis said that in May, the emergency room saw more children with gunshot wounds than it has seen in the hospital’s 140-year history.
Dr. Lindsay Clukies, an ER doctor at St. Louis Children’s Hospital said, “So for the month of May we saw more firearm-related injuries with children than in any month in our history.”
Dr. Clukies said that the gunshot wounds are from both accidental and intentional shootings. She said that the hospital saw 58 gunshot wounds thus far in 2020, with 17 of those coming in May alone.
“The reality is, at Children’s we see more firearm-related injuries than at most other hospitals in the country,” Dr. Clukies said.
She noted that 30% of the shootings are accidental.
“When you see a child, who dies from such a preventable injury, you just hear the screams of their parents. It makes you want to go out and advocate,” she said.
Black lives matter, right? Apparently not so much, unless you are looking to make a political statement—or rake in a lot of cash.
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