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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

A missing baby has been found safe and the child's father is in custody. Police had said the man was a person of interest in an overnight homicide that left a second man injured.

Lorenzo M. Pulliam, 28, turned himself into the Wyandotte County Jail at 8:55 a.m. Thursday. He did not say what he was turning himself in for and deputies noticed that there was a $500 warrant for failure to appear in court.

As a result, he was booked in on the bench warrant for a traffic-related charge of improper stopping and posted the bond. But in the meantime, KCK police officers flagged the system to note he was wanted as a person of interest.

Pulliam was then released into the custody of KCK police detectives.

"He said he was turning himself in and he was not specific," Lt. Kelli Bailiff, spokesman for the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office. "Before he was going to be totally released, they ran him through the system again and realized new information had come in and that there was a pick up order for him."

This was in relation to the shooting.

The KCK Police Department identified Pulliam as a person of interest in the double shooting investigation that left one man dead and another in the hospital Thursday morning. No one else is being sought in connection with the shooting, authorities said.

An Amber Alert was issued Thursday morning for Pulliam's missing 7-month-old son. The alert was later rescinded after the baby, Lorenzo M. Pulliam Jr., was found OK in KCK.

"We were told by concerned relatives that he went home, grabbed his child in haste and there was some extreme concern about the safety of that child," said KCK Police Capt. William Howard.

Later, Pulliam dropped his son off with relatives before going to the jail, authorities said. The FBI assisted KCK in locating the baby at a home in the Rosedale area. Pulliam's vehicle had been found in this area.

The shooting happened just before 4:30 a.m. at a home located in the 3100 block West 45th Avenue, which is near the intersection of West 45th Avenue and Mission Road.

The surviving victim was able to flag down police while in the driveway of the home. Officers are not sure who called 911, but it possibly was a neighbor.

Police do not believe this was a random shooting and think the shooter knew the victims. The man hospitalized lives at the residence.

"This doesn't look like a random act," Officer Tom Tomasic said. "We don't believe it's a random act."

Zachary D. Burton, 29, of Shawnee was found dead in the back bedroom of the home.

The second victim, who went to an area hospital, was found outside in the driveway of the home.

Pulliam was last seen leaving his residence at 3830 S. Thompson with his child in a 1996 Lincoln Continental, tan in color, with a Kansas license plate of 436BMM.

A spokesman for the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office said just after noon Thursday that Pulliam was in custody on a bench warrant unrelated to the shooting. He came to the jail just before 9 a.m. and posted bond less than an hour later.

He is now being questioned by KCK police detectives.

After the missing baby was found with relatives, officers took the baby into custody. The baby's mother was reunited with her son about noon, relieved that her son was found safe. She had been worried because how anxious Pulliam was when he bolted the home with the baby.

KCK police released the following timeline:

  • Police respond at 4:45 p.m. to the shooting
  • Police name Pulliam as a person of interest at 6 a.m.
  • Police learn at 9 a.m. that Pulliam's son was missing
  • Police began broadcasting to other officers information about the case at 8:22 a.m.
  • Pulliam turns himself in at 8:45 a.m. but does not say why. Deputies think it's on a bench warrant for a traffic violation. The Sheriff's Office was unaware that KCK police were seeking Pulliam.
  • KCK police enter information noting that Pulliam was wanted as a person of interest in the shooting and that his son is missing. This information was transmitted to other law enforcement agencies at 10:07 a.m.
  • Police issue an Amber Alert about 11:30 a.m.
  • Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office was contacted by KCTV5 about Pulliam being at the jail. Deputies were also conducting another computer check before releasing Pulliam on the traffic bond. Deputies notified KCK officers at noon and Pulliam was turned over to detectives.

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