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Blue Springs couple killed in KC parking lot fight

Updated: 2013-05-01T05:53:47Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City police are looking for a man who pulled a gun during a fight in a parking lot Monday night and fatally shot a Blue Springs couple as their two young children sat in a vehicle nearby.

The victims, identified as Qwentelia Vanzant and Jaron Syrus, both 25, of Blue Springs, had been at a gathering in Kansas City and were likely heading home, police said, when they stopped at a convenience store, Discount Smokes at 5401 Blue Parkway, about 8:45 p.m.

They encountered some people with whom they had had an ongoing dispute, police believe. The encounter escalated into a physical fight, police said. A man on the other side of the dispute pulled a gun and shot the victims.

A vehicle fled the scene after the shooting.

The victims’ 3-year-old son and Vanzant’s 7-year-old daughter were inside their vehicle during the fight and shooting. Police released the children to a relative Monday night. Homicide Sgt. Joe Mabin would not say whether the children saw the fight or shooting.

Investigators are trying to determine exactly how the disturbance unfolded.

Anyone with information should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477).

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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