KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A Missouri boy has died after being shot in the face as he slept, according to authorities.

Police said the child was sleeping inside an apartment in Kansas City when he was struck around 2:30 a.m. The gunshots came from outside the home.

Family took him to a hospital where he died. Police do not believe this was an accident.

Detectives are working on identifying and finding suspects.

"This is a nightmare for any parent, and I can’t imagine the pain with which they’re dealing this morning. The boy was asleep. Malicious shooting with no regard for others claims another innocent life in our city," Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said in a tweet.

This is the 92nd homicide for the year in Kansas City.

If anyone saw or heard anything in this area they are asked to call homicide detectives directly at 234-5043 or TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS.

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