2-year-old killed in Independence shooting

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Dec 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-24 23:46:52-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 2-year-old was killed Friday afternoon after a shooting in the 500 block of South Glenwood in Independence, according to the Independence Police Department.

While initially reported as a drive-by shooting, investigators have since learned the child was handling the gun when it was discharged.

The 2-year-old was transported to a local hospital but died from their injuries.

An adult was in the residence at the time the gun was discharged and fled in a vehicle before police arrived.

Police have identified this person and are working to take them into custody.

Early reports included the suspect being involved in a drive-by shooting, a car accident at Truman Road and Nolan Road while fleeing the drive-by scene, and then fleeing the crash scene.

Police confirmed that the current person of interest was driving a vehicle that was involved in the crash and then was used to flee the crash scene.

This incident is under investigation.

This is a developing story and may be updated.

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