Xavier Usanga, 7, became the latest child casualty of gun violence when he was hit by a stray bullet while playing on N. 14th Street Monday afternoon.
At a news conference regarding the fatal shooting, the latest child victim of gun violence, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief John Hayden couldn’t hold back his emotions.
"This little kid was supposed to start school this week, and it’s not right,” Hayden said with tears in his eyes.
An 18-year-old was also injured in the shooting. Usanga is the 11th child this summer to die as a result of gun violence.
“I’m sick & outraged,” St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said via Twitter. “Yesterday 7 yr old was shot & killed while playing outside at 5pm. WHO does this! Who shoots towards a child- a 2nd grader. Many shots fired. Incomprehensible!”