A Kansas City man well-known in the LGBT community was gunned down when men jumped out of vehicle and shot him at a Midtown street corner early Sunday morning.
Ta'Ron M. Carson, 24, had just left a dance club near 39th and Main about 3 a.m. before he was shot, friends said.
Police responded to a call of shots fired and found Carson with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He was rushed to a hospital where he died.
Police said a dark SUV pulled up and people inside got out and shot Carson, then fled in the vehicle.
A police spokesman said no more information was available on the shooting late Sunday afternoon and could provide no information on a motive for the slaying.
Friends of Carson fear he may have been shot because he was gay.
"Ta'Ron was always himself," friend Gary Junior of Kansas City said. "He was not ashamed of his sexuality. He did not hide himself from anybody. He was really about standing up for the LGBT community."
Carson had been at Aura, a dance club on Main Street near 39th Street, and friends with him were not aware of any conflicts or concerns when he left.
"There was nothing to say he was leery about anything," Junior said. "He gave everybody hugs and said goodbye."
The owner of Aura, Stuart Salomon, said there had been no incidents at all at what was a night of electronic dance music.
"Absolutely zero," he said. "It was peaceful and docile. Kids with glow sticks and hula hoops. Not a single person thrown out. Not a cross word."
Breyana White said she had known Carson for almost 10 years. They went to Northeast High School where he was the senior class president in 2011.
"He was really just like the life of the party," White said. "He was really outgoing, always welcoming to people, always, like, open to meeting new people. He just made sure everyone was happy and kept smiles on their faces."
He was passionate about his friends and family, his friends said.. He worked for Chipotle Mexican Grill in the Power & Light District. He was also a makeup artist at Sephora, White said.
White learned of Carson's death when she got off of work Sunday morning.
"I'm still in disbelief," White said Sunday afternoon. "Kansas City lost a great person. They lost someone who was just full of life. He was just all about positivity."
White, who last saw him a week ago, said she will miss being around him and all the energy he had. She'll also miss the laughing and dancing.
"He was a good dancer," she said. "We always would just have fun."
Carson liked to dance on stage at Missie B's, a Midtown club, Junior said. He had a generous personality, always ready to help people and share advice.
"He was a phone call away," Junior said.
A doorman at Aura was the first to run up and give aid to Carson after he was shot, Salomon said. But there was no saving Carson, who simply was "a great guy," Salomon said.
"This guy was not involved in anything that would get him shot," he said.
No suspect information or description of the car was released by police.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).