Kansas City police investigate homicide near elementary school

Police say a man was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon in south-central Kansas City.

The shooting was reported around 1 p.m. Wednesday in the 7000 block of Askew Avenue. The victim was identified as Christopher Cropp, 36, of Kansas City.

Arriving officers found the victim in the front yard of a house near Banneker Elementary School. A worker at the school rushed outside and administered first-aid to Cropp before emergency crews arrived.

A neighbor said she heard several gunshots and heard an announcement that the school was on lockdown before police arrived.

“It’s really a dangerous situation,” said Diana Wooden, who heard the gunshots while she was helping to refurbish a nearby rental property that she plans to move into. “There’s a school there. So that was something that we prefer not to see or hear in this neighborhood.”

Witnesses told police that a suspect was seen leaving the area in a gold SUV.