Baby, 1, shot outside store while with father in East St. Louis

A 1-year-old child was shot in the arm just before 8 p.m. Tuesday in East St. Louis.

The baby was with her 26-year-old father walking to a store when the shooting happened at 7:50 p.m. at 10th Street and Bond Avenue, across the street from the John DeShields Housing complex, according to East St. Louis Detective Sgt. Gilda Johnson.

“A group of young men were standing outside of the store. A car drove by and someone in the car shot at them. One of the projectiles struck the man’s daughter in her arm,” Johnson said.

She was taken to the hospital and her medical condition was not immediately available.

Officers have two suspects in custody, Johnson said.

Aquila Holloway, a resident who lives near the store, said the shooting makes her want to move.

“That’s just sad. She was shot for no reason. It’s just senseless,” Holloway said. ... I do not feel safe because of all of the shooting that happens out here.”

Carolyn P. Smith has worked for the Belleville News-Democrat for 18 years and currently covers breaking news in the Metro-East. She graduated from the Journalism School at the University of Missouri at Columbia and says news is in her DNA.
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