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Summer starts violently in Kansas City with three slain and 11 hurt in gunfire

Updated: 2013-06-25T14:20:55Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

The summer has gotten off to a violent start in Kansas City with three people killed and 11 injured in gunfire this week.

In the latest cases, police are investigating two separate shootings from overnight in which two people were killed.

On Monday night shortly before midnight, police investigating a report of gunfire found the body of a man slumped over the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the 5600 block of Norton Avenue. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier Monday night, one person was killed and three others were injured in gunfire in the 1700 block of Kansas Avenue. That shooting appears to involve people in at least two vehicles, police said in a release.

Witnesses told police that the two groups exchanged gunfire outside an apartment complex at 1715 Kansas Avenue.

Police found the body of a 30-year-old man in the parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A few minutes later, officers received a call saying two shooting victims had been brought to a McDonald’s restaurant at 1421 Prospect Avenue. They were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

A short time later, a fourth shooting victim arrived at a hospital in critical condition. Investigators believe that person also was shot at the apartment complex.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate a shooting at a motorcycle club that killed Marlon E. Randolph, 23, of Kansas City and injured eight others.

One victim, a woman in her late teens, remained on a ventilator Monday after she was shot in the head.

The disturbance erupted about 3:30 a.m. inside the club in the 1900 block of Prospect Avenue.

A gunman began firing inside the crowded and cramped quarters. The gunfire continued outside as party-goers tried to flee. Police estimated that there 250 to 300 people outside.

Police said it’s likely there were more than one gunman in the motorcycle club shooting. Investigators don’t know if the gunmen were shooting at each other or if several people from one side were firing at rivals.

The private club was hosting a party to celebrate a rap artist’s recent release.

Anyone with information in any of the shootings are asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477).

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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