Girl, 7, hit by stray bullet in shooting that also injured teenage boy in Kansas City

Two minors, including a 7-year-old girl, were shot Sunday evening at a gas station in Kansas City, police said.

Officers responded to the shooting shortly before 6:15 p.m. at the 7-Eleven at Gillham Plaza and Linwood Boulevard, where a 16-year-old boy was found with a gunshot wound to his ankle, according to Capt. Tim Hernandez, a Kansas City police spokesman.

The teenager was with his mother and two younger siblings, who went inside the store while he remained in the car near the pumps. He then got into a verbal fight with a person in the parking lot.

Gunfire was exchanged between the two, police said. The suspect fled the scene.

Investigating officers then learned a second victim, a 7-year-old girl, arrived at a local hospital. She had been shot in both legs.

The child was hit by a stray bullet while in her parents’ vehicle as they drove on Gillham Plaza. The girl is in serious but stable condition, according to police.

No information about a shooter has been released.

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Luke Nozicka covers local crime and federal courts for The Kansas City Star. Before joining The Star, he covered breaking news and courts for The Des Moines Register.