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Child Shot and Killed in South St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Detectives are hoping a teenager can help them identify and track down the criminal who fired shots into a south St. Louis home last night, killing an 11-year-old boy.

It happened in a home in the 3600 block of Tholozan around 9 P.M. Wednesday.

Police say the child was shot in the head and pronounced dead on the scene.

The teenager was among eight people inside the home at Grand and Tholozan, and what makes him of special interest is that he had been shot before.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says whoever fired the shots last night was definitely targeting someone.

“Some individual walked up to this house, stood on a basement windowsill to get elevation, and fired between eight and 10 rounds into a side window of the house,” Dotson says.

One of the bullets hit the 11-year-old in the head while he was on a computer.

Also in the home were a 4-year-old, another teen, and three adults.

Although police haven’t found the shooter, officers did arrest one man when he ran from them on the scene.

UPDATE (3/27 10:55 a.m.): Police are reporting that the victim is 11-year-old Antonio Johnson. The victim’s age was originally stated as 7 years old, as stated by the victim’s family, but police have since learned the child is 11 years old.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers. All calls are anonymous and tips leading to an arrest could be eligible for a $2,000 reward.

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