ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis police say a 9-year-old boy who was shot early Wednesday morning has died.
Police say Tyrese Short was shot while riding in a car with his father, a man and a woman.
St. Louis Police say a driver ran into the North Patrol Division on Union Boulevard and Margaretta Avenue just after 3:30 a.m. The driver asked for help. Police then found the boy inside a Chevrolet SUV. St. Louis Fire Department officials said medics rushed the boy to the hospital in critical condition. He later died from his injuries.
Police later confirmed that someone in a second vehicle fired on the car where the boy was found. This was near Goodfellow Boulevard and Laura Avenue.
So, officers blocked off Goodfellow for two blocks. They looked for shell casings and other evidence in the street. Back at the police station, officers walked through the grass, looking for evidence there.
Both Goodfellow Boulevard and the parking lot at the police station stayed closed until after 5:30 Wednesday morning.
Police could not immediately give a description of the vehicle carrying the gunman.
Police say they now have a possible motive for the shooting.
“The suspicion is either the father or the driver may have been the target,” said Captain Michael Sack. “They both have prior criminal. The driver, a 22 year old black male, had been arrest not too long ago for a weapons violation. The father has prior history for narcotic violations.”
Police like many people are wondering why the youngster was out at 3:30 in the morning. They don`t know and those that may know are not saying. An 18-year-old woman was also in the car. The father and son were in the back seat. The boy was the only one injured.