Search continues for suspect who killed 9-year-old boy in Kansas - KCTV5 News

Search continues for suspect who killed 9-year-old boy in Kansas City

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A witness, the boy's father, said they were driving in the area of Emmanuel Cleaver II and 71 Highway when they saw two other vehicles exchanging gunfire.  (KCTV5) A witness, the boy's father, said they were driving in the area of Emmanuel Cleaver II and 71 Highway when they saw two other vehicles exchanging gunfire.  (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Police say a 9-year-old boy was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire in Kansas City.

Officers are not releasing the name of the child shot and killed but say someone fired into the car he was in with his father and another 6-year-old boy. Detectives say the father and child are presumed to be innocent bystanders.

The boy's father told police he was driving with his son Saturday night in the area of Emmanuel Cleaver II and Highway 71 when people in two other vehicles began shooting at each other.

On Tuesday, Kansas City police released photos of the car the child was in on Sunday morning:

The father didn't initially realize that his child had been caught in the crossfire and he continued driving to Grandview. When his wounds were discovered, the boy was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A family member told KCTV5 News that the 6-year-old boy in the car was his younger brother but was not physically hurt.

Police say a driver fled the crime scene, crashed and was arrested. That driver's role in the shooting has not been specified.

Mothers in Charge, a local anti-crime group, say they have reached out to the boy's family to offer help and support in their time of grief. They're also asking any witnesses or anyone with information to go to the police.

"We have to get to a point where we are saying, no we can't let this happen again. Children, we want to protect our children. They have to be well taken care of and we can't be reckless around them to a point where they have their life taken," said Rosilyn Temple with Mothers in Charge.

Temple said her organization is working with the family to hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon

Anyone with information is asked to call the KCPD Homicide Unit or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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