Five homicides in three days: KC police investigate recent string of violent deaths

Police continue to search for clues, witnesses and suspects in a series of deadly incidents that left five people dead in three days in Kansas City.

The victims were killed in a 72-hour period beginning about 3 p.m. Tuesday until about 6 p.m. Thursday. No arrests have been announced in the killings.

The latest homicides were reported Thursday when two people were killed in a pair of deadly shootings.

The first shooting was reported about 2 p.m. at East Seventh Street and Norton Avenue on the city’s northeast side where officers found a male victim down in the street.

On Friday, authorities identified the man as Harlan K. Dunbar, 55, of Kansas City. Police described the suspect in that shooting as a clean-shaven male with a thin build and wearing a gray hoodie.

In the second shooting, one person was fatally wounded and another injured in a double shooting about 6 p.m. near East 69th Terrace and Brooklyn Avenue.

One victim, a male, died at the hospital. The second victim, a female, was treated at the hospital after being grazed by a bullet.

Police did not have suspect information after the shooting but a spokeswoman for the Kansas City Police Department said several people were outside when the incident occurred.

Earlier in the week, police found a man shot to death about 3 p.m. Tuesday in an alley in the 3600 block of Roberts Street. He was identified as Lovell J. Smith, 39, of Kansas City.

Police have not said how Smith was killed.

Two people were killed in separate shootings Wednesday morning, including Tom Pickert, a Kansas City lawyer.

Pickert was on his front porch about 8 a.m. when he was shot to death, police said. Authorities have not named a person of interest or a motive in the shooting.

Police were also called to the area of Independence and Elmwood avenues around the same time on a reported shooting. The victim, 31-year-old John Owens Jr., was pronounced dead a short time later.

Witnesses told police that Owens was talking to at least one other person when he was shot.

The latest deaths brought Kansas City’s total for reported homicides this year to 121. The city reported 130 homicides in 2016.

Anyone with information about any of the shootings is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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