Crime

Utility worker shot, killed on job site in Kansas City

Police investigate shooting death of utility worker in Kansas City

The shooter walked up to a group of workers at a construction site at Ninth and Brooklyn and briefly spoke to them before he pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the group as he walked away, witnesses say.
Up Next
The shooter walked up to a group of workers at a construction site at Ninth and Brooklyn and briefly spoke to them before he pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the group as he walked away, witnesses say.

Update: The utility worker who was shot to death has been identified as Johnathon L. Porter, 23.

A utility worker died at a hospital after being shot at a job site in Kansas City.

The shooting, which appears to be random, was reported just after 8:30 a.m. at a construction site near Ninth Street and Brooklyn Avenue, according to Kansas City police. The victim was a worker for a company that contracted with Spire.

The shooter walked up to a group of workers and briefly spoke to them before he pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the group as he walked away, according to witnesses.

The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he died shortly thereafter, according to Capt. Stacey Graves with the Kansas City Police Department.

Police have set up a perimeter and have a police dog searching the immediate area. The shooting occurred south of the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center at 825 Euclid Ave.

“We are heartbroken today after an InfraSource employee performing work for Spire was shot at a Kansas City construction site," Spire said in a statement. "Until we know more, we are working with police and InfraSource to pull crews off the streets in the Kansas City area. We ask that you hold this man, his family, his friends, InfraSource and utility workers and our communities in your thoughts and prayers.”

InfraSource also expressed condolences for the slain worker.

“We are deeply saddened today after one of our InfraSource employees was shot and killed this morning while working on a construction site in Kansas City, Missouri for our customer, Spire," the statement said. "We are actively cooperating with local law enforcement to determine the cause of this tragic incident. We ask that you hold our employee, his family and friends, and our InfraSource family in your thoughts and prayers. No other details have been confirmed at this time.”

Police have set up a perimeter and have a police dog searching the immediate area. The shooting occurred south of the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center at 825 Euclid Ave.

Details on what prompted the incident remain under investigation.

Police did not have a complete description of the shooter. The shooter, however, was wearing a blue sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

  Comments