Four people were shot, including an 8-year-old child, near Soldan High School in north St. Louis Friday night.
The child, Jurnee Thompson, died from her injuries, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police. Two teens and a woman were also shot at about 8 p.m. The school was hosting a football jamboree.
Police were first called to Soldan High School at about 7:20 p.m. for a report of a large fight involving about 100 students. Shots were fired about 40 minutes later.
Students from Miller Career Academy and Carnahan, Vashon and Roosevelt High Schools were at the high school for the jamboree.
Police and emergency crews were called to another area high school Friday night for a disturbance earlier in the evening where a shot was fired, according to reports.
No suspects were in custody as of 11 p.m. Friday. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the St. Louis Homicide Division at 314-444-5371. Callers can remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).
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An 8-Year-Old Girl Was Shot & Killed
An 8-year-old girl, later identified as Jurnee Thompson, died in a shooting near Soldan High School, and three others were injured, according to local news reports. Shots rang out during the school’s football jamboree at about 8 p.m. She was shot about one block from the high school.
Mark Vasquez told KMOV he ran to the little girl and tried to help her.
“…First, I tried to see if she was responsive.. found it in her abdomen. You could see the life leaving her,” Vasquez said.
A woman in her 40s was shot in the leg. She was in serious but critical condition Friday night. Two 16-year-old boys were in stable condition. One was shot in the arm, and the other was shot multiple times.
The girl was with her family when she was shot. The two teens were related to the girl, Fox 2 Now reported.
Early reports indicated the child was 7.
The Girl Was the 13th Child to Die From Gun Violence In The St. Louis Area in Less Than 3 Months
Jurnee Thompson was the thirteenth child to die from a gunshot wound in the St. Louis area since June, according to local news reports.
“Chief John Hayden confirms that an 8-year-old shot tonight near Soldan High School has died from her injuries,” KSDK Editor Jacob Kuerth wrote on Twitter. “She is the 13th child to die by gunfire in the St. Louis area since June.”
A Shot Was Fired at Nearby Parkway North High School 30 Minutes Earlier
St. Louis Metropolitan Police responded to a report of a shot fired at Parkway North High School during their football jamboree about 30 minutes before shots were fired at Soldan High School, KSDK reported.
No one was reported to be shot.
Football players at both high schools checked in safe while others offered condolences.
“I pray for everybody at Soldan highschool is ok, I pray for the little 7 year that for shot today,” a Parkway North football player wrote on Twitter. “it’s a cold world.”