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Child shot at Price Chopper returns home, family frustrated with violence

Posted at 7:14 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 20:25:08-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An eight-year-old that was shot earlier this week in a grocery store parking lot is home with her family.

“I am just so overwhelmed right now. Because she is alive," said Desiree Saunders, grandmother of the girl who was shot.

You could not tell by her smile Thursday, but a few days ago, eight-year-old Payton Graves was shot three times outside of Price Chopper on Bannister Road.

“We need these young people to start taking life a little more serious. They are our future and they don’t need to kill our future off,” said Saunders.

Investigators said Tuesday that around 8 p.m. an argument turned into gun violence.



Payton and another man were both shot. A Price Chopper security guard shot back at the suspect but didn't hit anyone.

Thursday Payton was released from the hospital, two bullets still inside her body.

“They need to just stop the violence, just stop, because they are affecting everyone, the whole city, we have an eight-year-old baby with two bullets in her stomach going home, she should be worrying about Barbie dolls, not bullets," said Saunders.

The search continues for a suspect.