Two people wanted for questioning in a deadly shooting early Wednesday at a Blue Springs apartment complex are in police custody, and a third is in the hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound.
Blue Springs Police Sgt. Joe Fanara said during a media briefing that all three people were in a car that fled the scene of a deadly shooting about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 1700 block of Southwest Park Drive. When police officers arrived at the scene, they found the body of a 46-year-old Hispanic man who had died from an apparent gunshot wound.
The man’s identity was not released.
Witnesses gave police a description of the car, which police officers had seen speeding away from the area as they headed to the scene. Officers tried to pull the vehicle over as it headed north on Missouri 7, Fanara said. The driver steered the car into a ditch near 30th Terrace in Independence.
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Two people fled from the car into nearby woods. Police found a third person with a gunshot wound in the car. That person was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries. Fanara said investigators have not determined how or when the person was shot.
Police searched the area for several hours looking for the two people who fled. Fanara said tips from the public helped police locate the pair taken into custody.
Police have not released their names.
This is the first homicide of the year for Blue Springs. So far in 2016, the Kansas City area has seen 146 homicides.
Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).