Family relieved to hear good news after 5-year-old boy was shot

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One family is breathing a sigh of relief now that their little boy is resting comfortably in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound.

Paramedics rushed 5-year-old Joel Patayo to the hospital after to Children's Mercy Tuesday around 7:30 p.m. in serious condition.

Vicky Sanchez said the boy was struck in the rear and was grazed between his ribs and his hips. Family members worried all night long about his condition.

img_0517They received some good news Wednesday. Doctors said despite his serious injuries, Joel was able to walk around his hospital room a little bit, and is now listed in good condition.

Relatives also said the child's mom, younger brother and sister were home with Joel when the house got shot up. They said the child's father was not home at the time. No one else was hurt.

Police said they have made no arrests in the case, but are looking for a white Jeep Wrangler or Ford Explorer with tinted windows with Kansas license plates.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.