6-year-old boy shot in foot during gun battle near 19th, Topping - KCTV5

6-year-old boy shot in foot during gun battle near 19th, Topping

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Police were called about 4 a.m. Monday to the Hilltop Townhomes. (KCTV5) Police were called about 4 a.m. Monday to the Hilltop Townhomes. (KCTV5)
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A child was caught in the crossfire of a gun battle Monday morning. Now, neighbors at his apartment complex fear for the safety of other kids in the area.

Stephaene Johnston awoke to gunfire about 4 a.m. She sleeps next to a window facing the street where a group of gunmen started firing at her neighbors from their car.

“There was people running around yelling and screaming,” she said.

Others at the Hilltop Townhomes near 19th Street and Topping Avenue say that people inside the apartment began firing back.

Police say a 6-year-old had been sitting outside with a parent. He was hit in the crossfire and went to the hospital with a wounded foot. Police say the child's wounds are not life threatening.

Later in the morning, a silver car matching the description of the suspect vehicle showed up at a metro hospital with a person suffering from a minor bullet graze wound to the head.

“There's a lot of babies in that house, always. I was afraid something happened to them,” Johnston said.

Johnston had already been planning to move. She says this shooting was the last straw.

“I'd made up my mind before, but this sped things up a bit,” she said.

She and others on the street say people come and go at the apartments at all hours of the day. She says she no longer feels safe.

“There's too much violence. They're taking it out on the babies when they have nothing to do with it,” Johnston said.

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