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Updated Monday with more details

UNIVERSITY CITY • Police are looking for two vehicles in connection with a drive-by shooting Tuesday night that left a 9-month-old and an 18-month-old in critical condition and three other people injured.

Captain Fredrick Lemons said Monday afternoon that the two babies were in critical condition at a hospital. Three others taken to the hospital had been released, he said.

Lemons said police are looking for two dark-colored passenger vehicles with tinted windows in connection with the shooting. He said detectives are still determining the motive for the shooting but that it was not a random attack. 

The shooting happened shortly after 8 p.m. near the intersection of Ferguson and Plymouth avenues, police said. Officers responded to the area for several calls of shots fired.

The victims were southbound on Ferguson when two dark-colored passenger cars approached the victims’ car and fired several shots, police said. Four people inside the car were hit by gunfire.

A 9-month-old was shot in the back. An 18-month-old was hit in the head. They were taken to a hospital, where their condition was listed as critical, police said.

The adult driver, 24, and a second adult, 28, were also hit by gunfire. They were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said. They had been released from the hospital by Monday.

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A third child in the car was not hit by gunfire but was taken to a hospital, also with minor injuries. The child had been released from the hospital by Monday.

Police had not released any information about the incident until contacted by a reporter about the shooting on Friday. Lemons said Monday the department had written a press release after the shooting and released it to reporters when they asked for it Friday. 

He said the police department does not typically post information about shootings to its social media or website unless there is an active threat to the public, but that residents can contact the department for information. 

Lemons asked anyone with information to call University City Police at 314-725-2211 Ext. 8010 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

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Reporter covering breaking news and crime by night. Born in Algeria but grew up in St. Louis. Previously reported for The Associated Press in Jackson, Mississippi and at the Wichita Eagle in Wichita, Kansas.