UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – The teen shot to death in a drive-by attack Wednesday was the grandson of former University City School Superintendent Dr. Joylynn Pruitt.
The school district says 17-year-old Taylor Simpson was a junior at the Lieberman Learning Center and had previously attended University City High School, according to a news release.
Simpson was one of three people shot at by someone in a passing car in the 8300 block of Braddock Drive at about 10:30 Wednesday morning. He was hit several times.
One other victim suffered a graze wound. The third suffered scrapes.
Witnesses say two people were in the dark sedan, which was last seen westbound on Kempland.
Dr. Joylynn Pruitt retired from the district last year.
The shooting comes just three days before students were to hold a gun-violence summit at the high school.
District spokeswoman Patricia Washington says the event has been postponed.
“Our hearts are broken,” says Superintendent Sharonica Hardin-Bartley. “This is a terrible tragedy and our prayers are with Dr. Pruitt and all of Taylor’s family.”
Grief counselors are at both the Lieberman Learning Center and University City High School.