Police have arrested 22-year-old Stevieon Jackson in connection with the home invasion that took place in St. Louis, Missouri, resulting in the shooting death of a 16-year-old by an 11-year-old boy.
Jackson is accused of trying to break-in to the home of the 11-year-old boy, who was alone with his 4-year-old sister at the time, with Lamonte Streeter, 16, who was shot and killed at the scene.
Streeter was shot in the head in the home’s foyer by the child, Opposing Views reported.
It was reportedly the third time the suspects had tried to break into the home that day.
“An 11-year-old who was inside picked up a handgun and fired one round, striking the suspect and fatally wounding him. It just seems that at this point anyone can pull the trigger on a weapon, it's very scary,” St. Louis Police Sgt. Brian Schellman said.
Police claim it was a home invasion attempt, but a neighbor gave a conflicting report, The Daily Mail reports.
“They were just arguing loud, you know, back and forth,” the female neighbor said, referring to Streeter and the 11-year-old. “He was always was just sitting right there on the porch. He never did once go inside the house."
The boy then reportedly pulled out a gun and shot Streeter in the head.
The boy’s mother had recently purchased the gun because of break-in attempts. It is unknown why the child had access to the weapon.
“He was very loved, he would do anything in the world for his grandpa, loved his grandma,” Streeter’s grandfather, Lynn Hamilton, told KTVI.
“He was just a fun person. He liked to have fun, he was a good boy, he tried, he really did,” Streeter’s mother, Lawanda Hamilton, said.
Lynn said his grandson had teenage problems but was trying to change his life.
“It’s a struggle for every teenager nowadays, he still was a good kid. He didn’t deserve to die not like this,” Lynn said.