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12-year-old shot in chest in north city neighborhood

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A boy was rushed to a local hospital after being shot in the chest Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said.

The shooting took place just after 4:55 p.m. in a home in the 5900 block of Lalite Avenue, located in the Walnut Park West neighborhood.

Police said a group of children were in a room together when the shooting occurred.

The victim was said to be conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital. He remains listed in critical condition.

A neighbor said he's seen kids come in and out of that house before and never noticed any trouble.

“There has never been any problem," said Demetrius Todd. "They are always respectful and speak when they come by, so I can’t say they are troubled kids, I just think a wrong decision was made and there’s consequence behind that, you know."

The incident is being investigated as a criminal case, police said. The weapon has not been recovered.