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Sleeping 4-year-old boy shot in the face, killed in his own bed: Police

*This is a developing story and will be updated as additional information becomes available.*

Missouri authorities are searching for the person responsible for killing a sleeping boy inside a Kansas City apartment complex.

ABC 9 reports that the incident happened at around 2:20 a.m. on Monday morning, at the Citadel Apartments off of Bushman Road. Witnesses told authorities that the boy was asleep in his bedroom when someone outside started shooting.

One of the bullets struck the child in the face, according to police. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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“This is a nightmare for any parent and I can’t imagine the pain with which they’re dealing this morning. The boy was asleep. Malicious shooting with no regard for others claims another innocent life in our city,” Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted.

Fox 4 reports that family members identified the child as 4-year-old Legend M. Taliferro.

Investigators said that based on preliminary evidence, the shooting does not appear at this point to have been random.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Kansas City homicide detectives at 234-5043 or TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS.

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