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Man charged in shooting of 7-year-old girl

(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)
Elvis C. Smith, 48, faces five felony counts for the accidental shooting of a seven-year-old during an argument over drugs.

A 48-year-old north St. Louis man faces five felony counts for his role in a shooting just southwest of downtown that left a seven-year-old girl in critical condition.

Elvis C. Smith, of the 4800 block of Kennerly, faces the following charges:

  • First degree assault
  • Second degree assault
  • Two counts of armed criminal action
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm

According to the probable cause statement from circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce, Smith shot at an unidentified defendant during an argument Sunday over a previous drug deal. The other man was not hurt, but a bullet struck a seven-year-old who was playing nearby. She remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

The statement says when Smith was arrested, he admitted to firing at the other man, who identified Smith in a line-up, as did other witnesses. Smith is jailed on a $250,000 cash bond.

In a statement last night, the St. Louis police department says it "owed a special debt to the the community members who stepped up and cooperated with investigators."

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