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16-year-old shot in neck after sneaking out to buy handgun

July 7, 2021 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 16-year was shot in the neck and critically wounded early Wednesday after sneaking out of his St. Louis home to buy a firearm, authorities say.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police don’t have a suspect but believe the gunman is the person the boy had arranged to meet in the city’s Carondelet neighborhood. During the transaction, the boy was shot and the suspect took off, police said.

The boy, whose name has not been released, is among more than 50 youths in the St. Louis region to be injured or killed by gunfire this year.

Most have been in the city of St. Louis. Sixteen of the 55 victims have died.