Police have identified the two people who were killed in a shooting in Kansas City, Kan., that also left a baby injured.
Keith E. Barrett, 21, of Kansas City, Kan., and Renesha Jones, 16, of Kansas City, died in the gunfire early Sunday.
The baby suffered only minor injuries and was treated and released from the hospital on Sunday, according to police.
Police responding to reports of prolonged gunfire about 2 a.m. Sunday found Barrett and Jones dead in a first-floor apartment in the 2100 block of South Mill Street.
A neighbor had rescued the screaming baby. Barrett was the baby’s father and appeared to have been the killer’s initial target.
Jones was the mother’s sister and had been baby-sitting.
Witnesses told police that they heard laughter following the shooting as an unknown number of gunmen fled from the apartment.
Jones was a sophomore at Center High School.
“Renesha was just a wonderful kid, full of life,” said Center Principal Beth Heide. “She went out for the track team and wanted to try out for cheerleading. She was really happy and very funny. Everybody she met was a friend.”
Counselors and social workers were at the school on Monday ready to help students deal with the loss.
Anyone with information about the homicides is asked to call the Police Department’s major case unit at 913-573-6020 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477).The Star’s Matt Campbell contributed to this report.