Young Kansas girl shot by captor after high-speed chase

LEAVENWORTH, Kansas – An eastern Kansas police chief says it’s unclear who fired the shot that killed a young Kansas girl at the end of a high-speed chase that started after she was reported to be abducted.

An affiliate NBC news station in Kansas City reports that Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said the initial report is that a 30-year-old man, identified as Marcus McGowen, took the 5-year-old girl, Cady Harris, from her home.

Platte County, Missouri, police notified Leavenworth police at 7:30 p.m. Friday they were in pursuit of a man suspected of abducting a child.

Kitchens reported the chase crossed the border between Kansas and Missouri borders, where it ended at a construction site.

Police originally said that the suspect shot into the car, killing the girl.

Forensics analysts with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation determined that the bullet that struck the girl was not shot from a police firearm.

Kitchens believes that the girl was shot intentionally by the suspect during the shootout.

Police said the suspect exchanged gunfire with the police, where he was wounded and transported to a Kansas City hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

The suspect has not been charged as of yet, but is expected once he is removed from the hospital. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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