BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. – A teenage girl in Missouri turned herself into police and is accused of shooting the elderly owners of a beauty supply store in North St. Louis.
The 13-year-old suspect had been in King's Beauty Supply in the Bellefontaine Neighbors suburb earlier in the day, according to store employees, along with another juvenile. Police were called to the store for a shoplifting report. They found the two juveniles near the business and took one into custody.
The store owners approved of police releasing the girl with a formal warning for trespassing, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Police believe the 13-year-old then returned to the store just after 4 p.m. and shot both owners before fleeing with money and merchandise.
The couple are in critical condition at an area hospital. Joo Lim, a family friend, has started a fundraising account for the couple. Lim said she made the account to help pay for medical costs while the beauty store is closed.
"They are the sweetest people I know," Lim wrote. "One of the victims has yet to go under several more surgeries and doctors are unsure if he will make it."
The teen suspect, accompanied by three aunts and her father, showed up at police headquarters late Wednesday morning to turn herself in, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A neighbor said that the girl's mother, tired of her daughter's behavior, had sent her to live with her father that summer, according to the paper.
She is now in custody of juvenile authorities.