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Woman, 6-year-old are fatally shot at Jennings apartment

Woman, 6-year-old are fatally shot at Jennings apartment

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JENNINGS — A shooting inside a Jennings apartment Saturday afternoon left a 40-year-old woman and her 6-year-old daughter dead, and two other daughters injured.

The incident happened in the 8800 block of Shannon Fox Circle at the Shannon Fox Apartments. According to St. Louis County police, the woman was found dead at the scene. The 6-year-old had been shot multiple times. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead shortly after arriving. The 10-year-old suffered a graze wound, and the 16-year-old was shot in the shoulder; both girls are expected to recover, police said.

A 40-year-old man who lived at the apartment was taken into custody without incident, police said. He is believed to be the woman’s boyfriend. Two guns were recovered at the scene.

• UPDATE: A man has been charged in connection with the shooting.

Police spokesman Benjamin Granda said the 10-year-old placed the 911 call. He said when police arrived, “they heard screaming, and went toward the screaming.” No one else in the complex was in danger, he said. The unit where the shooting occurred is located far back from the street.

The apartment complex and one next door sit among small, single-family homes. The police presence Saturday drew neighbors outside. Two little girls played on a front stoop while a man next door washed his car in the driveway. Other people gathered in clusters on the sidewalk trying to digest the news.

Mary Cox lives in a house on Shannon Avenue, just down from the apartments. She was shocked at what had happened.

“It’s very quiet here,” Cox said. “The loudest it gets is the Fourth of July.”

Police are continuing to investigate and asked anyone with information to call the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210. People who want to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

Granda also asked that anyone who is experiencing domestic violence seek help.

“There are many services available,” he said. “These things can and will escalate.”

Updated at 6:30 p.m.

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