- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An 8-year-old St. Louis boy went to school and told an office worker he had been shot, after his mother exchanged gunfire with a man who tried to force his way into a home, police said Tuesday.

Both mother and child were hospitalized in stable condition as police searched for a suspect in the shooting, the latest of several that have plagued St. Louis over the past 13 months.

Officers were called Tuesday morning to a home on the city’s south side. Police said a 39-year-old man who lived there was warming up his car and returned inside to retrieve something.

When he went back outside, another man tried to push his way into the home, police said. As the men struggled, the resident told the female resident to go upstairs and get a gun.

Police said the woman retrieved a revolver and exchanged shots with the suspect through the door. The suspect, armed with a semi-automatic pistol, shot the woman, 35, in the leg. Another bullet grazed the child’s ankle. Police have not confirmed whether the bullet that struck the boy was from his mother’s gun or the suspect’s.

The suspect drove off in the family’s 2006 Dodge Charger. Police weren’t certain if he was shot.

It appears no one knew the boy was injured until he got to school and told an office worker. Paramedics arrived and took him away on a stretcher, though the wound was described as minor.

Meanwhile, the male resident of the home took the mother to Saint Louis University Hospital for a leg injury.

Officers found a large amount of marijuana inside the family’s home, police said, though they did not say whether it was a possible motive in the attempted break-in.


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