JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) – Authorities have a person of interest in custody in the killing of a 17-year-old who is the latest victim of gun violence in the St. Louis area.
St. Louis County Police said in a news release that officers found the teen in an alley in the suburb of Jennings around 1 p.m. Wednesday while responding to a report of a shooting. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The release says he had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.
The name of the teen wasn’t immediately released, and police didn’t provide information about a motive. About two dozen children have died in gun-related incidents this year in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
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