An eight-year-old boy was shot and killed while sleeping in his bed last night in Detroit. Police say a gunman opened fire on the back of his townhouse, and a bullet went through the window and hit him in the chest.

CBS Detroit has identified the boy as Jakari Pearson. His mother was also shot and is still in the hospital. While cops have not released much information about the shooting, it's being reported as a possible incident of domestic violence.

Neighbor B'atrice Spears, whose son played baseball with Jakari, told CBS Detroit:

"[Jakari] was a sweetheart. Every time I seen him, he was always smiling. There was never a time he wasn't smiling," she said.

Spears said the unfortunate incident has really brought the community together.

"We're just neighbors, you know, we might wave and say 'Hello' or we might not. But today, it was like we were sisters. I told [Jakari's mother] I would be there until the end," she said.

The Associated Press notes that cops have a "good idea" of who the suspect is, and they are tracking him down.

[Image via CBS Detroit]