Friday night, Officers responded to Housel Park, 201 West Howard Street in reference to gunshots.

Update: On 07/11/22 Detectives with the Latent Investigations Unit and Crime Resolution Unit located two additional suspects who were involved on the shooting side of this incident. Angel Escobar, 23, of Sedalia and Aja Vannoy, 26 of Sedalia were arrested. Charges of Assault 1st, Assault 2nd and Robbery are being requested for both suspects. Charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child against the toddler victim’s mother will be requested from the Pettis County Prosecutor. Detectives continue to work the case and expect to make additional arrests. If anyone has information about the incident please contact Detective Jill Reed at 660-827-7823 Ext. 1213.

The reporting person stated two vehicles were seen leaving the scene at a high rate of speed after the shots were fired.  Responding Officers spoke with witnesses and processed the scene, locating evidence of a shooting.

Shortly after, the PCJC received a call from a person in a vehicle stating their twenty three month old sibling had been shot in the foot while they were at the park.  An ambulance and Officers located the vehicle and the child along with another adult male. Both were treated at the BRHC for non life threatening injuries.  Police broadcast information about the suspect vehicle to area law enforcement.  Early the next morning, Pettis County Deputies stopped the suspect vehicle at 11th Street and Kentucky.  The driver, James A. Lowe, 20, of Sedalia, was arrested on an unrelated drug charge.

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The CIU worked through the incident's facts and found that a possible drug deal had been arranged prior to the shooting.  The parties involved engaged in a disturbance, which escalated in shots being fired.  The shots were fired into a vehicle the child was riding in as they fled the scene. One bullet went through the back door, which struck the foot of the toddler.

Later in the day Saturday, Detectives developed probable cause to also seek charges against Lowe for the shooting that happened at Housel Park.  Lowe has been charged with Assault in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of  Weapon, and Armed Criminal Action.  Lowe is being held with no bond.

Detectives continue to work the case and expect to make additional arrests.  If anyone has information about this incident, contact Detective Jill Reed at 660-827-7823 extension 1213.

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