Man charged in Kansas City shooting that injured 4-year-old child

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 35-year-old man is now facing charges in connection to a shooting that injured a 4-year-old child on Saturday.

Ellery H. Beals has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after he was reportedly captured on a business surveillance video firing shots in the parking lot outside Discount Smokes and Liquor on E. Red Bridge Boulevard and College Lane.

Police said multiple people were caught in the crossfire and a stray bullet struck a 4-year-old child and broke his arm. The child’s injuries are not life-threatening. Property was also damaged.

Prosecutors charged Beals after he was seen in surveillance footage firing shots. Beals told police he encountered another man who shot him last month, but he denied shooting at him.

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office said Beals has several prior convictions and was on parole when the alleged shooting happened.

He was initially charged with second-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon, but prosecutors dropped those charges on Wednesday and replaced them with the firearm possession charge.

Prosecutors have requested a $100,000 cash bond.

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