Gunman Robs Father and Shoots His 5-Year-Old Son in East St. Louis

by

comment
A five-year-old boy proved to be no match for a gun-wielding thug in East St. Louis yesterday afternoon.

gompershome.jpg
As the Belleville News-Democrat reports, the child's father had just returned to the Samuel Gompers Homes (photo above) around 2 p.m. he was confronted by an "acquaintance" with a gun.

According to East St. Louis police the boy walked into the apartment during the robbery. The startled the gunman fired a shot, grazing the child.

The boy is being treated at St. Louis Children's Hospital. The gunman fled the scene. The father tells police that hhe only knows the suspect by a nickname.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.