Stray bullet hits person at assisted living facility

ST. LOUIS – A 66-year-old man at an assisted living facility was hit by a stray bullet Tuesday afternoon, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said.

According to a police spokesperson, the incident occurred around 4:05 p.m. at Union Manor Residential Care, located in the 2700 block of Union Boulevard in the Kingsway West neighborhood.

Police responded to a call for a shooting and found the victim with a gunshot wound to his hip.

The owner of the facility, Alma Cook-Meeks, said she heard the shots saw two vehicles driving past and shooting at each other. One of the stray bullets went through a second-story window and struck the resident in the hip as he was taking a nap.

“I’m just so thankful, you know, that it wasn’t in his back or anything like that but he’s doing well,” Cook-Meeks said.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment and brought back home.

“It’s so troubling and just a shame that this stuff has to go on. Even though they didn’t intend to hit him, it’s still troubling,” Cook-Meeks said.