Police say toddler shot, killed by gunfire outside Kansas City home

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A toddler was struck and killed in a home Sunday by gunfire from the street, adding to the grim list of recent child victims in Kansas City.

Shots fired at a home on the city's east side early Sunday killed the toddler, said police spokesman Capt. Tye Grant. The child was confirmed dead at the scene. Grant said the child's name and age have not been released.

Other children and adults in the home were not injured, he said.

The child's death brings to five the number of children under the age of 16 who have been homicide victims in Kansas City this year, according to police statistics.

Mayor Sly James, who arrived on the scene of the Sunday shooting, decried the gunfire that has affected children.

"The fact that it seems to be a recurring theme just makes it that much worse. From a parent's standpoint, there could not be anything worse than losing a child," James told KCTV. "There's no way that we have been able to come up with to prevent idiots from riding around in cars with high-powered weapons shooting indiscriminately into homes and not caring where the bullets go."

In a January blog post, Chief of Police Darryl Forte referred to the city's "very disturbing trend of violence against children."

He pointed to a list compiled by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker of recent child victims, among them a 2-year old shot inside his south Kansas City home, a 7-year-old seriously injured after being struck by gunfire on Interstate 70, a 4-year-old struck by gunfire when his home was fired on and a 6-year-old girl killed by gunfire outside a south Kansas City gas station.

Another 10-year-old was paralyzed from a shooting that killed his father in April 2014.

"It is our community's duty to protect them, to look after them," Forte said in the blog.

Grant said there was no suspect information to release in the Sunday shooting, but he encouraged anyone with information to call police.

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