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13-year-old shot and killed in Spanish Lake area

St. Louis County police investigate the scene where a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed near the 11000 block of Oak Parkway Lane on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Investigators said the boy was walking through an apartment complex with two friends or relatives. Several gunshots were heard, and the victim was struck once. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

UPDATED Friday morning with name of victim, arrest of suspect

SPANISH LAKE — A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed Thursday night in north St. Louis County, according to Sgt. Benjamin Granda of the county police.

The victim is identified as Clifford Swan III. He lived in the 4200 block of Christus Court in north St. Louis County.

Police early Friday said they have arrested an 18-year-old man suspected in the killing. The suspect's name has not been released. Detectives will be seeking charges Friday.

The shooting happened shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday near the 11100 block of Oak Parkway Lane, Granda said.

Investigators said the boy was walking through an apartment complex with two friends or relatives. Several gunshots were heard, and the victim was struck once.

Police said the shooting does not appear random. Granda said Friday that investigators think Clifford was the intended target and that the shooting may have stemmed from a previous altercation or dispute.

Clifford's grandmother, reached by phone Friday, said she was too distraught to talk about the boy.

After the shooting, a small crowd formed at the scene and was acting disruptively as police tried to investigate, police said.

A woman who lives in the apartment complex, Renita Graves, said she was on the phone and heard six gunshots, followed by several screams. She said she saw the boy's body on the ground when she went to see what had happened. Police were still on the scene at 10:30 p.m., she said.

Earlier Thursday, 3-year-old Rodney March III died of a gunshot wound suffered at his home in North County. Police believe he found a gun in a bedroom at his family’s apartment.

Six children have died from gunshot wounds in St. Louis County this year.

At least 13 children have been killed by gunfire in the city of St. Louis this year.

A total of 22 children have died in shootings in the St. Louis metropolitan area so far in 2019, compared to 13 at the same time last year.

Kim Bell of the Post-Dispatch staff contributed to this report.

 

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