Kansas City police ID 1-year-old killed: Tyron Payton Biography, Wiki, Age
Authorities have identified a child as Tyron Payton who was killed in a triple shooting in Kansas City, Mo. as a 1-year-old boy, making him the city’s youngest homicide victim this year, police said.
Tyron Payton was in the back seat of a car with three adults when someone opened fire on their vehicle Monday afternoon, police said. The driver of the bullet-riddled car sped to a local fire station to ask for help, authorities said.
Firefighters and medics treated Tyron and an unidentified man and woman who had been injured, police said. All three were taken to a hospital, where the boy later died.
Update from KCMO police: The victim in this case has been identified as Tyron Payton. He would have turned two-years-old on November 10th. https://t.co/I1Jsj8vW00
— Emily Rittman KCTV5 (@EmilyRittman) September 22, 2020
Federal agents were dispatched to Kansas City and a handful of other cities this summer to help combat gun violence, as part of a program called Operation Legend.
Attorney General William Barr launched Operation Legend as “a sustained, systematic, and coordinated policing initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement to combat violent crime,” said the Justice Department. in a press release.
The operation is named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed in his sleep in his father’s apartment in Kansas City on June 29.
Tyron’s death is the 148th homicide this year in Kansas City. By this time last year there had been 114 homicides. The Kansas City Star, which maintains data on homicides in the city, reported that 13 people who were 18 years old or younger died in homicides this year, with Tyron being the youngest. All 13 were killed in shootings.
My heart breaks for another baby to be buried in our city. Somebody knows what happened. Protecting a murderer like this, who fires on the innocent, isn’t adhering to any code, it’s killing our community. Praying the victims who survived will pull through.
— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) September 21, 2020
The federal task force had made more than 1,000 arrests in the cities where it has been deployed since early July, Barr said last month. The task force has dispatched more than 1,000 agents from various federal law enforcement agencies to cities that have high crime rates.
In Monday’s shooting, police said a preliminary investigation showed the vehicle stopped in front of a house when someone fired numerous shots from outside, hitting the boy and two adults. A police spokesman at the scene said there was another adult in the car who was not shot.
In a tweet, the city police department said they were “stunned by this callousness and violence” and would not rest until they found out who was responsible for the shooting.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, who was at the scene of the shooting Monday, lamented the violence.
“My heart breaks again,” Lucas said.
Police said in a news release that detectives were “making progress in identifying persons of interest” in the shooting, but asked that anyone with information contact detectives.
“We need their leads, we need to make sure this stops,” Lucas said. “One way that we make sure it stops is that those who do this kind of thing are held accountable. Because when you look at the fired vehicle, you recognize that these are people who were not considering anyone’s life.”