Boy killed, girl wounded after shots fired into car of teens in Kansas City, Kan.

Police responding to a traffic wreck in Kansas City, Kan., early Sunday found a teenage boy fatally shot and teenage girl wounded by gunfire, according to Kansas City, Kan., police.

The boy and girl were in a car with three other teens when someone fired shots into the car about 2:45 a.m. near North 52nd Street and Georgia Avenue. The car traveled south where it crashed into a tree in the 2600 block of 52nd Street, police said.

The boy died at the scene while the girl was taken to a hospital and was reported to be in stable condition. The three other teens inside the car were treated for minor injuries.

It was unknown if the shots were fired from another vehicle or if the shooter was on foot, according to police.

Broken glass littered the street near 52nd and Georgia Sunday morning. Outside one house, a minivan had a shattered window where it was struck by at least one stray bullet.

A neighbor who stopped by the house to make sure everyone was safe described the neighborhood as a place where everyone looks out for one another.

Another neighbor said a family member heard several gunshots and woke her up. While she was calling 911, they heard someone pounding on their front door.

“It was a desperate knock at the door,” she said. But when they looked outside, no one was there.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the homicide and asks anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.