4-year-old boy shot while asleep at home in north Wichita

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WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita Police say the 4-year-old boy and his mother were sound asleep in the same bed when someone fired multiple shots into their bedroom seriously injuring the child.

It happened in the 200 block of E. 20th Street early Thursday morning around 2:40 a.m.

Kiana Gonzalez tells KSN News she had no idea what was going on last night until the police showed up telling her that a 4-year-old boy had been shot just steps away from her door.

“I mean if they were to shoot toward ours it could have been us or my daughter,” said Kiana Gonzalez, neighbor.

Police say someone fired four shots into the bedroom window of where the boy and his mother were sleeping and the fifth hitting the wall.

One bullet struck the boy in the lower back.

“They had to walked and pointed and shot straight through the window,” said Gonzalez.

Wichita Police believe this is a case of mistaken gunfire.

“At this point it was probably a mistaken residence,” said Lt. Scott Heimerman, Wichita Police Department. “The wrong house was targeted at this point.”

Wichita Police say while some witnesses heard shots, none had saw a suspect or a get-away vehicle.

“Help us get this case solved because the four year old should not have been shot,” said Police Chief Norman Williams, Wichita Police Department. “He was minding his own business. He was sleeping and he had somebody shot through the house.”

Police reports show this isn’t the first time that a young child had fallen victim to gun violence in Wichita.

Last year,  an 8-year-old girl was sleeping in her bedroom when a bullet struck and killed her near 31st St. South and Broadway.

Back in 2010, a 13-year-old boy was killed after opening the door to gunfire.

“I could only imagine how the mom feels and what she’s going through,” said Gonzalez. “It’s scary.”

If you have any information about this case you’re asked to call police.

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