2-year-old shot and killed after handling gun in Independence

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Independence, Missouri police are investigating after a child was shot and killed Friday night.

Police responded to a possible drive-by shooting around 4:30 p.m. near S. Glenwood Avenue and E. Wilson Road.

Investigators have determined that this wasn’t a drive-by shooting and that the 2-year-old victim was handling a gun when it was discharged. Police said the child has since died from the injuries.

Police said there was an adult in the home at the time that fled the scene in a vehicle before police arrived.

Poice says they have a person of interest in custody regarding this incident. The person in custody was arrested out of state.

Police say the possible suspect was involved in a crash at Truman Road and Noland Road. The suspect fled on foot.

Anyone with information can call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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