Child shot at apartment complex in KCMO

Nurse near scene helped boy until police arrived

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A child was struck in the back Monday morning by a bullet that went through a bathroom wall, police said.

The boy, 4, was inside an apartment at 6003 Blue Hills Road east of The Paseo about 10 a.m. when he was struck. The boy was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital and remains in critical, but stable, condition, according to hospital officials.

A nurse who happened by the scene heard the child screaming and rushed over to help. After calling 911, she waited with him until police arrived. She asked to keep her name private.

"He was laying on his stomach, and when I got over there, he was crying hysterically," the nurse said. "It took every bit of three to four minutes of me being over there, wiping him down, talking to him and whispering in his ear. (I) was constantly trying to talk to him to have him stay awake because he wanted to go to sleep.

"I was like, 'No, you can't go to sleep. What's your name?' He kept telling me his name and I'm asking him his hair color. He kept telling me that, basically keeping him up until the cops got there."

The nurse said police officers were thanking her as she departed for doing everything she did to keep the boy awake. She said police told her the boy was in surgery to remove the bullet.

Witnesses were taken to police headquarters for further questioning.

One man was taken away in handcuffs, but no charges have been filed.

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