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Another girl shot to death in a drive-by, this time in KCK

A girl was shot to death Sunday night in a Kansas City, Kan., house — the second girl to die in a drive-by shooting in the metro area in just over a week.

Kansas City, Kan., police said the shooting occurred about 7 p.m. and the girl was dead at the scene when they arrived.

Police did not release a name or age of the victim, but said she was a juvenile. A family member said she was 10.

She was in the front of a house at the corner of 15th Street and New Jersey Avenue when hit by at least one bullet.

Three to seven people were either in the house or behind when the shooting occurred, police said.

The suspect vehicle was described as an SUV.

The house itself was riddled with bullets, and several vehicles on the street also were damaged.

Late Sunday police were inside the house, on the street looking for shell casings and talking to neighbors.

Police spokeswoman Amber Hickerson said the shooting was especially tragic in light of the shooting in Kansas City on Friday, Oct. 17.

That night, 6-year-old Angel Marie Hooper was shot while at a 7-Eleven in Kansas City.

Angel and her father, Booker Hooper, 29, had stopped at the convenience store just after 7 p.m. for a pack of bubblegum after finishing a jog.

Police said the shots were fired from a passing vehicle on 107th Street, south of the store, and at least one bullet hit Angel. She died soon after at a nearby hospital.

Police continue to search for a suspect and anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477.

But few leads have turned up for police and a reward for information in Angel’s death has increased to $21,000.

A funeral for Angel, a first-grader at Symington Elementary School, was held this past Saturday.

Vigils also have been held for Angel and after the shooting Mayor Sly James released a statement expressing outrage.

“The senseless drive-by shooting last night that led to the death of a 6-year-old girl is another reason why we must get serious about gun violence,” the statement said. “Criminals are no longer just killing each other — they are killing our children. This nonsense must end.”

Brittany Hans, Angel’s kindergarten teacher last year at Symington Elementary School, described her as an “"extremely smart and extremely sweet” girl .

Speaking later at the vigil, Hans broke down in tears as she described Angel singing “You Are My Sunshine” at the kindergarten graduation.

“That will be forever in my head,” Hans said.

To reach Mará Rose Williams, call 816-234-4419 or send email to mdwilliams@kcstar.com.

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