KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A little girl is recovering in the hospital after she was shot Sunday night. She is the third child to be shot in the metro within the last two weeks.
A heavy police presence surrounded an SUV outside Research Hospital where witnesses said a woman ran into the facility screaming that her baby had been shot around 7:45 p.m., Sunday. The little girl is approximately one-year-old. Witnesses said the mother was holding a baby wrapped in a bloody blanket.
Police searched Sunday night near Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and The Paseo. They also used crime scene tape to block off the area around the white SUV the family drove to the hospital while they searched it for clues.
Police said the child's father arrived at the hospital, also shot. He is said to be in stable condition, while his daughter is in critical condition.
Police are in contact with the parents and are investigating the incident.
As of Monday morning, investigators said they still aren't sure who fired the shots that hit the little girl, but initially they were investigating it as a possible drive-by shooting.
"Another child shot," Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker tweeted late Sunday. "Infuriating! Some problems are complex. But not this one-kids can be safe w/ simple & inexpensive gun safety measures."
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