Man charged with shooting, killing brother as he stood next to 2-year-old brushing teeth says it was an accident

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Prosecutors filed charges on Thursday against a man who they say shot and killed his brother inside a Lee's Summit residence Wednesday.

Lawrence E. Barr, 24, was charged on Thursday, Oct. 6 with shooting his brother to death in a Lee's Summit residence.

Lawrence E. Barr, 24, was charged on Thursday, Oct. 6 with shooting his brother to death in a Lee's Summit residence.

Lawrence E. Barr, 24, was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in connection with the case.

According to court documents, Barr told Lee's Summit Police detectives that he accidentally shot his brother as his brother was in the bathroom of a home  near 291-Highway and Chipman Rd.

The probably cause statement says Aaron A. Elmore, 28,  was with his two-year-old son brushing their teeth when Barr shot Elmore.

Barr told prosecutors that he was playing with his gun just outside the bathroom doorway where his brother was standing when he pulled the trigger. Barr claims he didn't know there was a round in the chamber when the gun fired the single shot that struck his brother in the back of the head.

Their mother, who also lives in the home, heard the shot, grabbed the 2-year-old boy, ran out of the house and called police. She reported to family members that the suspect told her it was an accident before he got into his car and took off.

Barr told prosecutors that he left the home after the shooting and as he was driving along the highway, he threw his gun out the window of his vehicle.

Prosecutors have requested that Barr's bond be set at $100,000.

Family told FOX 4 in a previous interview that this tragedy is the result of a mental health issue. Family members say that Barr suffers from schizophrenia, has not been taking his medication and has hallucinations. Wednesday morning at about 9:30, they say he snapped.

Police say the suspect was on the run for about 45 minutes, but came back to the scene of the crime in his red Cadillac. When he tried to turn on to Northeast Magellan and go past the police barrier, officers recognized him and he was arrested without incident.

Police were tracking the suspect’s whereabouts, and at one time, he was near the Westview Elementary School, which is about two miles from the scene of the shooting.

The school was briefly put on a soft lockdown as a precaution.

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