St. Louis 4-Year-Old Accidentally Shot by 5-Year-Old Sister

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  • Police in St. Louis were chasing a stolen Ford from a DoorDash driver, but crashed two patrol cars in the middle of the chase, police said.

A five-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her four-year-old sister at her home in Carr Square on Saturday night, police said.

Three sisters were playing together in their home around 8:40 p.m. on the 1100 block of North 20th Street when they apparently got hold of a gun. Police released few details about what happened, but the four-year-old was taken to hospital. Her condition was described on Sunday as critical but stable.

Investigators confiscated a weapon found at the scene. Police say child abuse detectives are investigating the shooting.

The rampant gun violence in the city has hit children particularly hard. In March, a cover story in the Riverfront Times reported the subject of child homicides and found that St. Louis repeatedly had the worst per capita child homicide rate in the country. This year it has only gotten worse.

Last week, a 28-year-old was charged with the murder of seven-year-old Dmyah Fleming and her father Darrion Rankin-Fleming, who were shot dead in a car parked in the central West End in January.

A seventeen-year-old man was charged with first degree murder on April 1 for killing nine-year-old Caion Greene, who was also shot and killed in a parked car. His parents said they were planning on delivering food to the boy’s grandmother when two gunners opened fire on their car, punched Caion in the chest and narrowly missed others in the car, including the boy’s little brother.

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