Child Clinging to Life After Weekend Shooting

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A four-year old boy is struggling for his life after a drive-by shooting on Saturday night.

The shooting happened in the 2400 block of Denver Avenue, in a neighborhood that's considered a hot-spot for violent crime by Kansas City Police. Law enforcement officials are still searching for the driver of that car.

Adriana Perea, the boy's aunt, tells FOX4 the boy is showing no brain activity at this time. As of 5:30 p.m., he remains on life support at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Rachel Riley represents the 24th Street Non-Violent Marchers, a pacifist group that is active in Kansas City's east side. Riley has spent nine years trying to bring peace to that neighborhood, ever since her own teenage son was shot and killed. She says despite her group's efforts, this neighborhood isn't getting better.

"We've gone nine years of trying to rebuild the neighborhood," Riley said. "We've done it through our diligence and bringing in the Boys and Girls Clubs, upgrading parks and housing. It's very traumatizing to see that all our work goes unnoticed."

Riley says that neighborhood offers very little support for young people, or alternative activities to keep them off the streets or encourage them to avoid crime-related activity.

"You have 24-year olds reading at a third-grade level," Riley said. "A lot of this neighborhood is oppressed. We aren't doing a great job as community leaders."

FOX4 talked with a number of residents in that neighborhood, all of whom were afraid to talk with us on camera because of potential violence. Sgt. Marissa Barnes with the Kansas City Police Department says police are exploring any gang-related angles to this shooting.



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