An alleged shooting was at the center of an Amber Alert that was eventually canceled out of Independence.
According to Independence police, officers were initially called to a hospital in Kansas City to question a victim of a shooting that occurred earlier Tuesday in the 17000 block of East U.S. 24 in Independence.
The adult shooting victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.
While investigating that incident, Independence police learned about an abduction that occurred during the altercation.
The department then initiated an Amber Alert about 10:45 a.m. for the abducted child, 9-month-old Syncere Lee Valliant.
Both the child and his mother were reportedly abducted from the scene by the shooting suspect, Robert T. Valliant, police said.
The mother and child were eventually located safe in Kansas City.
Robert Valliant’s vehicle, a black Pontiac Grand Am, was also located.
Police canceled the alert at 3:07 p.m.
Police are still searching for Valliant, 31. He is a black man, 6-foot-1, weighing 170 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Valliant’s whereabouts is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (474-8477) or the Independence Police Department’s TIPS hotline at (816) 325-7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Star’s Toriano Porter contributed to this report.