KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A 4-year-old boy is alive Monday, and it's in part because a bullet struck a family friend's hand before hitting the boy.
Both of Scott Henley's hands are bound in wraps, after a bullet grazed his left hand and went through the other, before striking his friend's son Markel Hall in the stomach.
"I had him hung up by a branch in the tree and I was going to put him down. Right when I had my hands up, to get on him, that's when the bullet just went in," Henley said.
Henley doesn't want his face shown. He said those responsible are still out there. The 25-year-old said it happened Saturday night on the corner of 17th Street and Stewart Avenue.
Police said people in two cars were shooting at each other on Parallel Parkway, near the home, just as Henley was getting Markel out of a tree he was climbing.
"I set him down, hoping he didn't get hit. But he got hit too and so that's when I talked to his dad and we just got in the car and ran," Henley said.
Police released a picture of a car they are looking for. They said it is a silver or blue, Chrysler 300. Police said it may have been struck by bullets. They also said another car was recovered Saturday night. They believe that car was also involved because the windows were blown out..
"People got to grow up or something. There are better ways to solve it," Henley said.
Henley was just released from the hospital Monday, but said he'll need to go back for reconstructive surgery next week.
He said doctors tell him, it was his hand that might have made the difference between life and death for Markel, because it stopped the force of the bullet.
"My hand was hurt, but I don't think I could've stood it if he had gotten hurt seriously," Henley said.
Police said no one is in custody at this point. If you have any information, you're asked to call the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department at 913-573-6020, or the tips hotline at 816-474-8477.
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