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Kansas City police release surveillance video of man near worker's fatal shooting

Police release surveillance footage of 9th and Brooklyn homicide suspect

The Kansas City Police Department has released surveillance footage of a suspect in the 9th and Brooklyn homicide where Johnathon Porter was killed.
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The Kansas City Police Department has released surveillance footage of a suspect in the 9th and Brooklyn homicide where Johnathon Porter was killed.

Kansas City police on Thursday released a video of a person of interest in the shooting death of a utility worker near Ninth Street and Brooklyn Avenue.

Johnathon L. Porter, 23, of Appleton City, was installing pipe Tuesday morning when he and other workers were approached by a passerby who asked him for a cigarette.

Porter, who doesn't smoke, told the man he couldn't help him. As he walked away, the man turned and fired several shots in the direction of Porter, striking him.

Police released a 16-second video and asked for the public's help in identifying the man seen walking near where the shooting occurred.

Anyone with information should call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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Kansas City police released these images in connection to a fatal shooting Tuesday morning near 9th and Brooklyn streets. The person pictured is a subject of interest in the investigation, police said. Kansas City police

Porter, who was expecting his first child in late May, was rushed to a hospital, where he later died. A preliminary investigation indicated the shooting was random.

Police have made no arrests and continued their investigation Thursday. Investigators released a photo of a person of interest in the shooting.

InfraSource has stopped work at its construction site on Brooklyn Avenue in Kansas City where Porter was killed.

The company, which also is offering counseling to its Kansas City staff, said it had not determined when work at the site would resume.

A website also has been established with the United Way of Greater Kansas City where donations can be made to assist Porter’s family.

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