TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Topeka police are investigating a Tuesday morning shooting that left an infant injured.
The Topeka Police Department held a press briefing about the shooting around 6:25 a.m. Officer Manuel Munoz told KSNT News someone fired multiple shots into a home near 8th and Southeast Sherman Avenue in east Topeka.
The shooting struck 15-month-old Malik Kerley, as identified by his great aunt Tina Kerley.
“I can’t say enough about how tragic this is, that a result of individuals that want to commit heinous crimes are shooting with no regard for anyone, and an infant gets shot,” Munoz said.
Police found around two dozen bullet casings in the street after the shooting, causing police to believe it was probably more than one person shooting, according to Munoz. The shooting targeted the house specifically with the baby inside, but it is too early in the investigation to indicate if the shooter targeted someone or had a motive.
Officers first heard reports of the shooting around 4 a.m., according to Shawnee County Dispatch. First responders found a family leaving the home with their baby near 6th and Golden Avenue. The child was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, where he underwent surgery and is doing okay, the family told KSNT News.
Police are asking anyone with information to come forward so they can find the people responsible as quickly as possible.
“An absolutely devastating crime scene at 804 SE Sherman Ave. where a 1-year-old baby was shot at around 4:00 this morning. Please review your security cameras and send any information to firstname.lastname@example.org or Shawnee County Crime Stoppers. We cannot allow this to happen in our community.”Topeka Police Department