KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City police continue to investigate the deadly shooting involving a nine-year-old boy early Sunday morning. He was killed while riding in a car with his dad near 71 highway and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard.
The boy's father told police they were driving in the area when they saw two other vehicles exchange gunfire. He said he didn’t initially realize his son had been shot.
It wasn’t until the pair arrived in Grandview that police were called to an address in response to a shooting. When they arrived, the young victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The father and child are presumed to be innocent bystanders, according to police.
Rosilyn Temple with KC Mothers In Charge was called to the scene to assist the young boy's family. She says they are in a lot of pain right now. Police have no suspects in custody.
“It says a lot to us as a community how we`re allowing this to happen starting up again in January, allowing a child to be shot, anyone to be shot and killed, but a nine-year-old and no one is in custody so far. This should happen in an instant, if you know anything about this you should instantly report this,” said Temple.
KC Mothers in Charge announced it will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon to talk about the tragic loss of Dominic Young, Jr., or 'DJ' for short.
FOX4's Shannon O'Brien talked with DJ's grandmother, who said she and his parents are very broken up. They planned to attend the news conference on Tuesday.
"We cannot keep allowing senseless shootings to happen in our community. the life of an innocent young child has been taken and nobody is in custody so far..... We need the community to speak up now!" a news release said.
Anyone who saw this shooting or knows anything about it can call the KCPD Homicide Unit or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477.