4-year-old boy dies after being caught up in gun battle

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A child riding in the backseat of a vehicle died Monday morning after getting caught up in a rolling gun battle between two other vehicles, police said.

According to the Kansas City Police Department, the driver of the third vehicle arrived at Truman Medical Center about 2 a.m. Those inside told hospital staff that the 4-year-old boy was in the backseat of the car and had been shot. They said they were driving in the area of East 8th Street and The Paseo when they unwittingly found themselves in the middle of a shootout between the occupants of two other vehicles.

In the midst of it, the child was shot.

Hospital staff pronounced the boy dead. No one else in the vehicle that showed up to the hospital was hurt.

“The selfish existence these people in these two vehicles, the selfish existence that they lead, unfortunately this victim and these victims were placed in their existence, which is awful,” said Sgt. Kari Thompson. “This family is grieving as are the other 46 families in our city are grieving.”

Police continue to look for clues and seek witnesses that could lead them to the shooters.

“We are asking the community, if you know about this incident, if you know who was beefing in this area – and we’re sure there is someone out there who knows – we need you to call our TIPS Hotline,” Thompson said.

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