A multiple sniper shot and killed a child playing in the front yard of a Kansas home, officials said. The attack Wednesday evening in Kansas City, Kansas, when it was still daylight, did not appear to be a “random act,” Police Chief Violet Magee told reporters at the scene.
Police did not release the child’s name or age, but the family said the victim was 6-year-old Sir Antonio Brown, CBS affiliate KCTV reported.
Police found the injured youth in front of the house. Magee said he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Someone knows who did this,” Deputy Police Chief George Sims told KCTV. “Don’t retaliate. Don’t confront them.
Police have found more than 30 kiosks of bullets from the spot. They were looking for a maroon Subaru Legacy with no front bumper that could be linked to the attack, and KCTV reports that they found the car.
Police did not say whether they believed more than one person was involved in the attack, or whether the intended target was a boy or an adult who was present. Police did not immediately respond to phone calls and email messages Thursday seeking additional information.
Shainisha Hill told KCTV, “You were my godson.” “I just want justice for the people who did this. You deserve justice. A 6 year old doesn’t deserve this. No kid deserves this. No parent deserves that much my cousin What should brother do? are you doing.”
Hours before the fatal shooting, Sir was in a kindergarten classroom at West Park Elementary School, the station reported.
“He always says something funny or funny,” teacher Amanda Mynette told KCTV. “I told him to sit quietly yesterday. So he didn’t stay still, he pretended to sleepwalk. He’s mischievous and smart. He has lots of friends.”