4-Year-Old Shot, Killed While Riding in Car

Kansas City sees uptick of 'neighborhood wars'
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2016 4:50 PM CDT
4-Year-Old Shot, Killed While Riding in Car
A 4-year-old boy was shot dead in Kansas City, Mo.   (Shutterstock)

A 4-year-old boy in Kansas City, Mo., is dead after he was shot early Monday morning while sitting in the backseat of a car, FOX 4 reports. Police say the car Mahsaan Kelley-Wilson was riding in around 2am got caught between two other vehicles, the occupants of which were engaged in a "rolling gun battle," according to KMOV. The boy was struck by gunfire and died at a hospital. No one else in the car was hurt. "Absolutely tragic. This family unfortunately is going to remember Father's Day as not a happy holiday," a police spokeswoman says. Per FOX, police in the city say there has been an uptick in reckless shootings and "neighborhood wars."

Local activists, saying such tragedies don't get the attention they deserve, have placed a cross at the intersection where the shooting occurred. "Now in this case right here, this baby had nothing to do with nothing. Life lost," says a member of the People's Action Committee. "Where are the people that were lined up last Sunday about what happened in Florida? Where they at now? The mayor's not out here." Kelley-Wilson's death comes just days after another 4-year-old boy in St. Louis was shot in the head while driving in a car with his father, ABC reports. Police have made no arrests in either case. (More Kansas City stories.)

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