6-year-old heart patient's shooting death rattles St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Six-year-old Marcus Johnson Jr.'s family will bury him Thursday in St. Louis after he was killed last week in an attack his parents say stemmed from a traffic dispute.
The kindergartner visited O'Fallon Park with his parents, four siblings, and other friends and family members while recovering from heart surgery one week earlier and after a doctor's visit that same day.
Police are searching for the occupants of a car who shot at the family's minivan as they left the north St. Louis park. Marcus Johnson Sr. said he returned fire in self-defense as the rolling shootout continued for several blocks. Marcus' 15-year-old brother and a 69-year-old family friend were also wounded.
Johnson said Marcus, his youngest son, was diagnosed with a heart ailment as an infant.