A Grandview woman says her 41-year-old husband was shot to death late Monday while trying to persuade a teenager to give up his gun.
Authorities had not released the victim’s name, but his wife identified him as Gregory Moody. The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of 127th Street.
Grandview detectives and Kansas City police found two teenagers at a Kansas City residence and took them in for questioning, police said Tuesday. No criminal charges have been filed, and detectives are continuing their investigation, said Police Sgt. Greg Smith.
Sabrina Moody said her husband was trying to defuse an altercation that had occurred days earlier between two groups of teens but had resurfaced Monday evening. On Monday, Moody said, one group supposedly fired several gunshots at a residence.
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Gregory Moody later confronted an armed teen and urged the youth to give up the weapon. Her son, who witnessed the encounter, told her what her husband said next:
“You are being stupid. Just give me the gun. You don’t need a gun to solve anything.”
Sabrina Moody said the youth shot her husband, and the boys fled.
Officers soon responded to multiple calls about shots being fired. By then Sabrina Moody and one of her sons had driven the victim to the hospital, where he died just before midnight.
Officers later arrested two boys, ages 13 and 14, at 99th Street and Holmes Road in Kansas City.
Sabrina Moody said her husband worked as a carpenter. The couple have four children — three boys and a daughter. Moody tried to mentor the neighborhood children, his widow said.
“They all called him Pops because they all knew they could go to him for anything,” Sabrina Moody said of her husband.
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