Crime

Woman dies after shooting reported near KU Medical Center campus, KCK police say

Kansas City, Kan., police were investigating a shooting that turned fatal Saturday night near the campus of the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The shooting was reported around 5:08 p.m. in the 3900 block of Rainbow Boulevard.

The victim, a 27-year-old woman, later died from her injuries, according to Officer Zac Blair, a police spokesman. Her name has not been released.

Blair said police were unsure of the exact location where the shooting took place but said the victim was shot at least once and went to Taco Bell to get help. Police said a customer and employees tried to render aid and called 911.

She was taken to KU Hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries but later died during surgery, police said.

Officers initially went to the scene, talked to witnesses, collected evidence and left late in the afternoon, but investigators returned Saturday night after learning the victim died, Blair said.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Police taped off an area around Taco Bell, which is located across the street from the KU Medical Center campus.

Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler tweeted Saturday night that police identified a possible suspect and were looking for that person.

Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.
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