6-year-old heart patient's shooting death rattles St. Louis

3 years 7 months 5 days ago Thursday, March 19 2015 Mar 19, 2015 Thursday, March 19, 2015 3:28:00 AM CDT March 19, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.

 

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