Earlier today this story line looked like an 11-year-old saving his family from a bad guy. Later in the day, that narrative may be in question.
Here’s the bottom line. The 11-year-old picked up a handgun his mother reportedly bought a while back and put one round in the head of a 16-year-old boy.
Here’s the report from the scene.
[P]olice believe the two suspects had tried to break into the home in the Castle Point neighborhood in north St. Louis County several times Thursday.
Police said Thursday afternoon they believe the door to the home was unlocked, as there were no signs of forced entry.
Once the suspect got inside, Schellman said, the 11-year-old fired one shot and it struck the teenager in the head, fatally wounding him.
An 11-year-old hero.
Or not …
But that narrative doesn’t square with Donna Jackson, who lives across the street.
She said she saw the 11-year-old shoot the 16-year-old point-blank in the head as the two were talking on a half brick wall near the home’s front door. “It was not a break-in,” said Jackson, 45. “He shot him in the head.”
Another neighbor two doors down from the shooting offers a similar account.
Jazmyne Clark, 18, said the 11-year-old was on the front porch when he called to the 16-year-old to approach him. She said the teen might have been seeking to sell the younger child a cellphone. When the 16-year-old reached the front door, Clark said, the 11-year-old shot him, with the teen falling forward into the open front door.
“He was never in the house,” Clark said. “He wasn’t breaking in at all. He was just trying to sell him his phone.”
It’s early in an investigation that we thought would have been wrapped up and tucked away by now.
Good Guy? Or not?
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