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Police: 9-year-old boy is shot in St. Louis neighborhood

December 18, 2021 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 9-year-old boy has been shot in the back in north St. Louis, authorities say.

Police say a 20-year-old shot into a home, striking the boy, on Friday night after an argument with his girlfriend. The man fled, and the boy was rushed to a hospital. Police did not have an update on his condition Saturday morning but said his vitals were stable.

KSDK-TV reports that its data shows that at least 97 children under the age of 17 have been shot in St. Louis this year.