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One person in custody after child shot in head in Peoria

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Peoria police have made an arrest after an 8-year-old boy was shot in the head Sunday afternoon. But they're still looking for an additional suspect.

Police responded to a call in the 700 block of East Kansas just before 5 p.m. The child who was shot was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Micah Stitts, 26, was arrested for endangering the health and life of a child in connection with the shooting, as well as an active warrant. Stitts was taken to the Peoria County Jail.

A 17-year-old at the scene at the time of the shooting fled and hasn't been found, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Peoria Police Department at (309) 673-4521, tip411 (anonymously), orCrime Stoppers (anonymously) at (309) 673-9000.

Updated: June 17, 2024 at 4:09 PM CDT
Peoria police now say the child was 8 years old, not 11.
Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.