Kansas City police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found inside a Kansas City home early Thursday.
A 16-year-old teen was home at the time of the shooting, which occurred in the 4500 block of Benton Boulevard. Police were called to the residence about 6:15 a.m. on a disturbance call.
Arriving officers discovered a man and a woman, both in their 30s, sprawled inside the home. The teen, who neighbors say is related to the woman, was found unharmed in the basement where he lives.
The initial 911 call came from the teen, who is not a suspect in the shooting, said Capt. Stacey Graves, a police spokeswoman.
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Police have not classified the shooting at this time but are investigating the deaths as homicides. There were no signs of forced entry and investigators were not looking for a suspect, police said.
Police spent the morning outside the home as they waited for a search warrant that would allow them inside the residence.
Distraught family members arrived throughout the morning. Many of them consoled each other as they learned about the deaths. A RideKC bus was sent to the neighborhood and was used a cooling station for relatives.
The teen is now with other family members.
Kansas City is grappling its homicide rate. The deaths, if ruled homicides, would mark the 109th and 109th of the year.
Graves said the Police Department is attempting to counter violent crime in the city by partnering with several organizations in the area.
“We’re trying to attack the violent crime problem from several different angles, but it’s going to take the community to come forward to let us know if there’s conflicts brewing or to provide information on homicide that they might be aware of,” Graves said. “To make our community safer, we need you to come forward and work with us and try to make it safer.”
She pointed out that a man was fatally shot in the parking lot of a gas station Wednesday during a busy time of the early evening.
More witnesses need to step forward and family members need to seek out to intervene when trouble arises, said Rosilyn Temple, executive director of Kansas City Mothers in Charge.
“We have to come together. We have to know when there are different things going on in our community when their is mental health issues, when there is trauma and when don’t look right,” Temple said. “As a community, as neighbors, we have to stop allowing these mental health issues go unaddressed.”