Murder Charge Filed In Playground Shooting

ST. LOUIS (AP) __ A St. Louis man now faces a murder charge after a girl hit by a stray bullet on a playground died.

Seven-year-old J’Nylah Douglas was shot in the head May 22 and died at a hospital earlier this week. The St. Louis prosecutor’s office has filed a first-degree murder charge against 48-year-old Elvis Smith. Police said in court
records that Smith had been shooting at another man after an argument over a prior drug deal when one of the bullets struck the girl.

Smith had previously been charged with two counts of armed criminal action, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm for the incident.

(Copyright Associated Press)


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