Teenager Fatally Shot While on FaceTime Call With Mother: Police

A Missouri teenager was shot and killed while he was on a FaceTime call with his mother, according to police.

Jadun Byrd, 19, was fatally shot in a parking lot in Whittier Street in St. Louis on March 2, according to NBC affiliate KSDK. Despite being rushed to a nearby hospital, Byrd succumbed to his injuries.

Jadun's mother, Leslie Byrd, told the network she had been on FaceTime with her son when he was fatally shot.

According to KSDK, she claimed to have heard someone comment: "They just shot that boy up." Leslie Byrd said she saw her son's hands curl up and his head roll back.

The grieving mother told KSDK that she does not believe the bullet was intended for Jadun and that it was a case of mistaken identity.

Leslie Byrd told the network: "They didn't even rob him. They didn't take anything from him. They just pulled up and shot and drove off."

She told KSDK that Jadun was passionate about playing basketball as well as mentoring.

St. Louis police said its officers were investigating the shooting and asked anyone with information to call the Homicide Division at 314-444-5371 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

Newsweek has contacted the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for comment.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information about shootings from across the U.S., 98 people in Missouri have died as a result of being shot this year.

Newsweek has reported on several instances where teenagers have been fatally shot across the U.S.

On Monday, one teenager died and another two were seriously injured following a shooting outside a high school in Des Moines, Iowa.

Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek said in a press release that gunfire had come from people who fired from a vehicle. He said: "It's a punch in the gut that we've got three kids in the hospital, but we're hoping for the best for them."

Another teenager was killed in a shooting near the Atlanta Fair, in Georgia, on Saturday, according to ABC affiliate WSB-TV Atlanta.

Police said two other teenagers who were also injured in the shooting had been taken to a nearby hospital and were in a stable condition.

Atlanta police Lt. Ralph Woolfolk told the network: "I think we're off to a decent start with this investigation. We recovered some ballistic evidence on scene.

"We've also begun to assess video surveillance in reference to the incident, so we will be working through the night to determine all the persons involved in this incident."

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Above, Beverly Hills police officers patrol in their car on November 1, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. A teenager was shot while on a FaceTime call with his mother, who believes he was shot in a case of mistaken identity. Chris Delmas