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Boy, 7, Asks Why He, Brother Were Shot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 7-year-old questions why he and his 2-year-old brother were the target of flying gunfire.

The shooting happened around 7:45 p.m. Monday in the 4300 block of Tracy.

Tuesday afternoon, the block was quiet. At least five of the 12 houses on the street boarded up, deemed dangerous and condemned  Many of those houses riddled with bullets, leaving shattered glass where plywood doesn’t already hand.

Monday night, the rundown street was anything but silent.

“I heard a lot of noise and stuff and my daugher was hollering and screaming – someone got shot,” said Veronica Iverson, who was upstairs in the home her family has owned for 40 years.

Iverson’s kids and grandkids were playing in the living room downstairs when at least one gunman opened fire on their home.

“It had me all scared and nervous. I didnt know what to do,” she said.

Two of Iverson’s grandkids were hit by the raining bullets. Seven-year-old Dy’oveon shot in the stomach. His two-year old brother, Deanthony, grazed by a bullet in the arm.

Iverson describes her grandchildren as wonderful, happy kids.

“Oh that 2 year old he give me a handful. And my 7-year old grandson, he very intelligent.

Talking and everything. He comprehend very well and everything,” Iverson said.

At seven Dy’oveon understands what happened to him but questions why. And unfortunately it’s not the first time the family has experienced gun violence.

Four years ago the boys mother survived a gunshot, the shooting just a block away. And in June, Iverson’s home, where they all live, was shot up, she believes by the same people.

“I want the shooters to stop coming over here and shooting here thinking the people live here. They don’t live here,” she said.

Iverson believes the shooting last night was a retaliation shooting aimed at someone she says doesn’t live or stay at the home. She also tells us the 2-year old is expected to be released Tuesday night or Wednesday.

The 7-year old is still recovering but is expected to be okay.

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