A man died after being shot Friday afternoon as he walked near a barbershop in Kansas City, Kan., police said.
The shooting was reported just before 1 p.m. in the 1600 block of Minnesota Avenue. Witnesses reported hearing as many as nine shots.
A police spokeswoman said officers who were about a block away also heard the shots. As they arrived, some vehicles and people on foot were leaving the area.
The victim, described by police as being in his 20s, was found in a driveway on the east side of the building containing the barbershop.
The shooting startled workers and customers at nearby businesses.
“We were all busy and we heard the shots and that is all I can tell you,” said Pam Wallace, the officer manager for K & W Tax Service, across the street from the incident. “We are a little bit shaken.”
Wallace said workers were unable to get out of the driveway of the business because of the police activity.
About an hour after the shooting, distraught family members of the victim began gathering at the scene.
After talking to detectives, one woman yelled, “No! No! I want my son.”
Another woman’s shrieks could be heard more than a block away as she ran to the scene.
The death is the city’s fourth homicide of the year and the 29th in the metropolitan area.
Police are asking anyone with information about the killing to call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-8477.