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Blair Shanahan Lane shooting update

Charges filed in July 4, 2011 shooting

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Thursday the filing of charges against a Kansas City man in connection with the July 4, 2011 shooting of Blair Shanahan-Lane.

Aaron Sullivan, 50, faces felony counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and Armed Criminal Action. According to court documents filed today, Sullivan had been shooting his .9mm Glock handgun on July 4, 2011. Testing revealed the bullet that caused the death of Blair Shanahan-Lane came from Sullivan’s .9 mm Glock handgun. $25,000/10% bond has been set.

The Honorable Mike Talboy, Missouri State Representative from the 37th District, joined Jean Peters Baker at the press conference to announce that he will sponsor new legislation to make it a class D felony to discharge a firearm within city limits.

From the Probable Cause Statement

On July 4th, 2011, several adults and children were celebrating with fireworks in back of the residence at 4321 Pittman Road, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. At about 9: 13 PM, Blair Shanahan-Lane, an II year old child (W/F, 01124/00), was standing with several other children waiting her tnm to set off her fireworks when she suddenly fell to the ground. The supervising adults immediately rushed to the unresponsive child and paramedics were called. Blair Shanahan-Lane was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in extremely critical condition where a bullet was discovered in her neck. She was pronounced dead on 07/05111 and, after an autopsy, the manner of death was ruled a homicide on 07/07/11.

The next day detectives canvassed the surrounding area in an effort to detennine where the apparent random gunshot might have come from. They went to the office of the Whispering Lakes apartment complex, at 10415 E 43rd St. The office is roughly 1000 feet from the location where the child was struck by the bullet, with a small lake in between. The detectives discovered spent .9mm shell casings around the back of the office, on the wooden dock and in the water. Detectives checked with office personel and learned that the only person working the previous evening around the office had been Aaron Sullivan, B/M, 02/12/61, who had been monitoring the swimming pool until about 9:00 PM.

Aaron Sullivan was contacted anti admitted that he and three of his friends had fired his .9mm Glock handgun around the back of the office from about 8:50 PM until 9:30 PM on the night of July 4th.

Aaron Sullivan gave pennission and signed a consent for the detectives to take and examine his handgun.

On 07/11/11 firearms experts from the Crime Laboratory determined that the bullet removed from the neck of Blair Shanahan-Lane had been fired from the .9mm Glock handgun recovered from Aaron Sullivan.

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