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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man faces first-degree murder charges in connection to a May shooting that left a 3-year-old boy dead.

SirTerry Stevenson (Credit: Jackson County Prosecutors Office)

SirTerry Stevenson (Credit: Jackson County Prosecutors Office)

SirTerry L. Stevenson, 22, faces first-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action in the May 31 shooting death of Amorian Hale in the toddler's home in the 6700 block of Walrond.

According to prosecutors, Stevenson drove a friend to the home of three-year-old Amorian Hale – and he told prosecutors his friend opened fire on the house with a rifle.

While Hale was not the target, he was the one hit. Prosecutors allege that the shooting was in retaliation to a January 30 shooting in Grandview that left D'Shawn Marchbanks dead.

After that murder, police say Stevenson wrote chilling words on his Facebook wall: "I’m shutting down, I don’t like nobody, somebody’s family…kids, uncle is gonna pay for that.”

Stevenson later received bad information that someone who lived at 67th and Walrond was responsible for Marchbanks’ death.  Relatives told FOX 4 they don’t even know Stevenson.

Witnesses in the area of the Walrond shooting told police a gold car was involved in the incident. A few days later, on June 2, 2015, Stevenson led police on a chase in a gold car. Authorities say that Stevenson's cell phone was shown to be in the area of Walrond shooting about the same time that the shots were fired that killed Hale.

According to court documents, Stevenson told police he was driving a 1998 gold Buick on May 31, 2015 and he drove to the home where the shooting occurred, and he stated that a shooter fired shots into the home.

Stevenson is being held in the Jackson County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 cash-only bond.  According to court documents, police do have the other murder suspect in custody and while he has been questioned, he has not yet been charged in this murder.

Eric TheDawgfather McKinney said he is Amorian's grandfather. He shared a video on Facebook.

Eric TheDawgfather McKinney said he is Amorian's grandfather. He shared a video on Facebook.

Amorian Hale's grandfather, Eric McKinney, says that nobody in his family knows Stevenson. He says that his daughter still cries every night for her son. She was at home on May 31st when a drive-by shooter sprayed 20 bullets into the siding—one of those bullets hit Amorian in the head, killing him instantly.

"His laugh...his smile...everything," said McKinney about what he misses most about his grandson. "At one point in time I was wondering if they even felt sorry but after hearing that I don't think they do. It was a three year old child. Haven't even started school yet. What trigger could he pull? What sentence could he complete to even offend someone?"

Click here for the Criminal Complaint and here for the Probable Cause Statement in this case.