5-year-old boy struck by bullet while playing in his home

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) -- A 5-year-old boy was injured inside his home in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday night, and now Kansas City police are searching for the gunman.

Shots rang out at about 7 p.m. near Denver and Smart avenues in the city's Old Northeast, sending the little boy to the hospital after he was shot in his leg and buttocks when bullets flew through his home.

A woman called 911 and said her son had been shot, and his grandfather said the boy was playing in his room.

"He was playing with his tablet on the side of his bed, I just tried to arrive as soon as possible," said Artimo Sanchez, who added the boy's mom was doing okay despite being shaken up by the shooting.

Officers say it was a drive-by shooting as witnesses heard multiple gunshots coming from an alleyway behind the victim`s home. Family members say the boy has two younger siblings, but it`s unclear who all was inside when the shots rang out.

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Police say no one else was hurt, but the neighborhood was shaken - including one 13-year-old girl who lives just a block away and heard the gunfire.

"I was downstairs eating and I heard three shots and I thought it was fireworks, like I didn`t know it was shots. I feel scared and I feel bad for them because I just want to help them," Nayeli Posada said.

Police are now on the hunt for the suspect or suspects responsible. FOX 4 is told they`re looking for either a white Jeep Cherokee or a white Ford Explorer with heavy-tinted windows and Kansas license plates. The car might also have spray-painted black rims.

If you know anything or saw anything, police are asking you call Crimestoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.

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