Parents say neighborhood bully shot their child in the face with a BB gun

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The parents of a Kansas City, Missouri, child say that their son was shot in the face with a BB gun—and a teenage bully pulled the trigger.

The parents of 8-year-old Amir McDowell of south Kansas City told FOX 4 that the boy didn't know if he was about to be shot with a fake or real gun. They say that the third grader was chased down by a 14-year-old bully, who tripped the child and said, "I'm going to shoot you."

"I think it's sad that a 14-year-old kid gets ahold of a gun and shoots someone in the face," said Aaron Henderson, Amir's step-father. "I really think there's a problem with that because if it had've been a real gun, Amir would've been dead."

Police say that Amir suffered a cut to his upper lip in the BB gun attack. The also say that the teenager stole the BB gun, among other things, from a nearby home that he allegedly burglarized earlier the same day.

The unidentified teen was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center. Amir's family says that they hope the teen changes his life path sooner than later.