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An 11-year-old boy, who was left home alone with his young sister, shot and killed a 16-year-old intruder during a St. Louis home invasion, police say.

The boy reportedly shot the alleged intruder three times. According to CNN, when police arrived at the house Thursday afternoon, they found the teen lying in the front hallway. However, some eyewitnesses claim they saw the two talking beforehand, so it’s unclear what their prior relationship was.

CNN reports:

St. Louis County police Sgt. Brian Schellman said it was third time that the 16-year-old had attempted to break into the house Thursday. Neither sibling was hurt.

One woman described by KMOV as a neighbor questioned the account. The woman, whose name was not given by the station, said the 16-year-old didn’t enter the house.

“They were just arguing loud, you know, back and forth,” the woman said.

“He was always was just sitting right there on the porch,” she said. “He never did once go inside the house.”

It wasn’t immediately known Thursday why the two were left alone in the first place or why the 11-year-old had access to the firearm.

Another witness told the police:

“It was not a break-in. He shot him in the head.”

Another 22-year-old suspect fled the scene, but was caught and is jailed on suspicion of burglary. The boy’s mother is reportedly cooperating with officials.


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