Kansas City police are investigating three shooting deaths that occurred within four hours Friday night, bringing the city’s steadily rising homicide count to 84 in 2017 — a 50 percent increase over the same period last year.
Police said officers were sent to the 2500 block of Van Brunt Boulevard just after 10 p.m. on a report of a shooting. Officers found a man with an apparent gunshot wound on the front porch of a residence.
The Kansas City Fire Department, which also responded, declared the victim dead at the scene.
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Two hours earlier, a man called police to report that his son had been shot at a residence in the 3800 block of East Sixth Street, just south of Independence Avenue in the Northeast area. Officers found the victim with life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses told police the victim was in the front yard around 8:15 p.m. when an unknown person shot him. The motive for the shooting was not known, police said.
Police described the suspect as a slim man in his 20s, about 5-foot-2, wearing a white tank top and a white T-shirt over his face. He was last seen on foot headed east on East Sixth Street, police said.
Another man was fatally shot shortly before 6:30 p.m. inside a vehicle at Avenue Car Wash in the 5700 block of Independence Avenue. Police have not released a motive for the shooting or suspect information.
That shooting occurred a little more than a mile east of the shooting on Sixth Street.
Police ask anyone with information on any of the homicides to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
The city’s homicide count for this date last year was 56.