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A juvenile -- a 16-year-old from Festus -- has been arrested in connection with the May 9 shooting of a man and a woman who were hanging around Meyer Road and Hwy. P near Joachim Creek south of Festus, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said.

The suspect has been turned over to juvenile authorities, Bissell said.

Authorities had been searching for the suspect since the shooting, which occurred about 5:30 p.m. The victims told deputies they had spent time at the creek and when they returned to the woman’s vehicle, they found one of its windows broken. At that point, a man allegedly approached the vehicle and began shooting, and then left the scene, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

When deputies arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting, they found a 26-year-old Pevely woman near her vehicle who had been shot multiple times, including in the leg, the abdomen and along the side of her face. A 28-year-old High Ridge man who had been shot in the back was found at a nearby home in the 3400 block of Meyer Road, where he had run to seek help.

Both victims were taken to hospitals for medical care. The male victim was treated and released, while the woman was stable and still receiving treatment at a hospital “at last check,” Bissell said Friday (May 15).