A 17-year-old was shot and killed in the early morning hours Saturday, according to the Kansas City Police Department.
That afternoon, police identified the victim as 17-year-old Raphael Butler-Grimmett. The motive of the shooting is under investigation.
Around 5 a.m., officers patrolling near the 6800 block of Cleveland Avenue say they heard gunfire and saw a vehicle speeding away.
The officers pursued the vehicle into Kansas, where it crashed at Interstate 35 and Seventh Street. Officers took the driver into custody.
At the scene of the shooting, officers found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds. Life-saving measures were attempted until emergency medical personnel arrived and declared him dead.
“Once I learned he was only 17 years old, once again … it was a hard hit,” said Rosilyn Temple, leader of the anti-violence group Mothers in Charge, who came to the scene early Saturday. “All homicides are hard hits. It really affects me, affects our community, but when you say 17 years old … he didn’t even have a chance.”
Authorities ask that anyone with any information call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS or the homicide unit at 816-234-5043.