A man who was killed by gunfire early Saturday in a parking lot outside a south Kansas City bar was a recently laid-off father of a 4-year-old boy.
Dasean J. Davis, 24, was caught in a random act of violence, his uncle, Phillip Adams, believes.
It happened shortly after 1 a.m. outside the Soul Lounge near 99th Street and Holmes Road. Police said two people were shot. One victim had a non-life-threatening wound. Davis drove himself to a hospital, where he died, Adams said.
Adams and his friend, Soul Lounge owner Freeman Webb, believe Davis happened upon an argument between two women in the parking lot when the shooting occurred.
“We know the guy came up and killed an innocent man,” Webb said Sunday at the lounge, where family and friends gathered to remember Davis.
Adams said his nephew was very active in the life of his son, with whom he shared custody with the boy’s mother.
“He doesn’t bother anyone,” Adams said of his nephew. “He’s got a clean criminal record. Never had a parking ticket. He goes to work and goes home. The only reason he was even here that night — my birthday is today — so we were coming out to celebrate my birthday. He was on layoff from work, so he had time to come out. Other than that he wouldn’t even have been out.”
“He was a good guy,” Adams continued. “Very friendly. Very fun. You can’t say nothing bad about him, period. No one can. Anyone associated or who came in contact with Dasean, can’t say anything bad about him.”
Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.