St. Louis mayor shot in ankle after praising program

(CNN) – City of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson was standing in her office with three other officials and a translator discussing a community youth leadership initiative at the time two gunmen fired a…

St. Louis mayor shot in ankle after praising program

(CNN) – City of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson was standing in her office with three other officials and a translator discussing a community youth leadership initiative at the time two gunmen fired a gun over her head at close range, wounding her in the ankle.

On Monday, Krewson, a Democrat who was re-elected to a second four-year term in November, detailed the incident for the first time.

The mayor was in her office when, “wearing gloves on a red conference table, a gun fired two shots at close range and hit her,” she told reporters.

“I had my hands on the table, not at my sides, but just above my head,” Krewson said.

On the table at the time were Joe Davis, the regional director of the St. Louis Anti-Violence Coalition, and Dr. Ruben Hummel, the city’s chief health officer.

After escaping with her ankle “only slightly injured,” the mayor said she took a briefing in the city hall break room and went to a public area to speak with other officials when two more shots rang out, this time from a passing vehicle.

“I turned and saw one of my council members — Katrina Schmidt — lying on the floor at my feet,” she said.

Others at the room were frightened by the gunfire, she said.

One of the bullets struck Bryan Herrington, Krewson’s son and a city council member, just above the chest, shattering the collarbone, she said.

A neighbor threw a seat cushion over the child and called the police, Krewson said.

The mayor and councilman were hospitalized after the shooting. Krewson said her son returned home Sunday. Hummel remains hospitalized in serious condition.

“But I’m in a great deal of pain, and he’s stable,” she said.

A lead detective in the case, Sgt. Kurt Ferguson, told CNN that police are searching for a light-coloured Lincoln Town Car with multiple bullet holes. He said no arrests have been made, but he expects the public to have some information that will assist in the investigation.

The mayor asked that the city pray for Hummel and the family of Herrington.

“We grieve for Dr. Hummel, and we also mourn for the victim of this shooting. But we also need to look for solutions,” she said.

The mayor and her administration “will not leave this shooting unchallenged,” she said.

Krewson began the day of the shooting with a meeting with leaders of the public housing authority and called the shooting the “work of cowards.”

“I stood in the middle of a war zone at 4 o’clock in the morning with a sheet over my head to say to those folks: ‘We’re not going to be deterred,'” she said.

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