KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Kansas City police say they have received a tip in their investigation into the death of 1-year-old Tyron Payton, who was shot and killed Monday while in a car with his parents.
Police said someone walked up next to the car at 33rd Street and Benton Boulevard on Monday afternoon and fired several shots into the car. The family then drove to a nearby fire station to get help.
Little Tyron was killed. His parents were both hospitalized. That was Kansas City's 144th homicide of the year. There were 150 homicides total last year in the city.
Police could not go into detail on what information was provided in the tip. The TIPS Hotline is set up to allow callers to remain anonymous if desired.
In a tweet, the city's police department said they were “stunned at this callousness and violence” and that they would not rest until finding out who was responsible for the shooting.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, who went to the scene of the shooting Monday, lamented the violence.
“My heart breaks again,” Lucas said.
Police said in a news release that detectives were “making headway identifying persons of interest” in the shooting, but asked that anyone with any information about the shooting contact detectives.
“We need your leads, we need to make sure this stops,” Lucas said. “One way we make sure it stops is that those who do these sorts of things are held accountable. Because when you look at the shot up vehicle, you recognize that these are people that had no regard for the life of anybody.”
Federal agents have been sent to Kansas City and a handful of other cities this summer to help fight gun violence, part of a program called Operation Legend. The program is named after a 4-year-old Kansas City boy LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while sleeping in his father’s apartment on June 29.
The federal task force had made more than 1,000 arrests in cities where it has been deployed since early July, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said last month. The task force has sent more than 1,000 agents from several federal law enforcement agencies to cities that have high crime rates.