Police have identified the 4-year-old boy who was killed in his sleep early Monday morning as Legend M. Taliferro.

Kansas City, Missouri police responded to a call just after 2.30am and learned that a young boy had been shot while sleeping.

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Legend M. Taliferro, 4, was shot and killed on Monday while sleeping in his bedCredit: Facebook

One of the bullets struck Taliferro in the face, according to police.

A family member drove him to the hospital where he later died.

The grandparents of the victim spoke to Fox4 telling them that Taliferro survived open heart surgery at five months old and the family did the Heart Walk every year for him.

According to Fox4, people at the scene said that they were inside the apartment asleep when they heard gunfire from outside.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said of the tragedy: “This is a nightmare for any parent and I can’t imagine the pain with which they’re dealing this morning.”

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Kansas City, Missouri police responded to a shooting just after 2.30 a.m. at the Citadel ApartmentsCredit: Fox4

“The boy was asleep. Malicious shooting with no regard for others claims another innocent life in our city.”

Based on preliminary investigation, detectives believe this was not a random shooting and that the apartment was targeted.

“We don’t know the true motivation yet, but we do think this place was targeted,” said Rick Smith, Kansas City Police Department Chief.

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