Photojournalist captures impact of gun violence with one powerful image
By Jennifer Cruz
Sometimes the biggest victims of gun violence are actually the smallest. (Photo: David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A single image captured Monday afternoon by a photojournalist at a crime scene in St. Louis depicts a troubling reminder that sometimes the smallest children are the biggest victims of violence.
“You’re looking for moments that can tell a larger story,” photographer David Carson told Fox 2 in an interview Tuesday.
That moment came when Carson, who works as a photojournalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was at the scene of the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man, the third such shooting at the Peabody Housing Complex in less than a month. In the midst of crime scene tape and evidence markers stood a toddler wearing only a diaper and a pair of socks.
The photo was published on the Post-Dispatch’s website, but Carson also shared it via Twitter, noting to followers that the image should be bothersome.
“It’s sad for the mother who lost a child; it’s sad for the child that lives in the environment where people are being shot,” Carson said.
“I want people to be upset when they see this photo, because it makes me upset,” Carson added. “He lives in a world where sirens