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18-year-old identified as victim killed in Monday night double shooting in KCK

Shooting at Chelsea Plaza in KCK leaves man dead, woman critically injured

Police were investigating a double shooting Monday night at the Chelsea Plaza apartments in Kansas City, Kan., that left a man dead and a woman critically injured. The shooting occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Freeman Drive.
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Police were investigating a double shooting Monday night at the Chelsea Plaza apartments in Kansas City, Kan., that left a man dead and a woman critically injured. The shooting occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Freeman Drive.

An 18-year-old Kansas high school student has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting that happened earlier this week.

The teenager, Bradley J. Samsel, of Tonganoxie, was killed Monday night in Kansas City, Kan., police said.

Kansas City, Kan., police were called to investigate a shooting at the Chelsea Plaza apartments in the 500 block of Freeman Drive after 8:30 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived, they found Samsel dead and a female with life-threatening injuries.

The female victim was taken to a local hospital, where she remains in critical condition, police said.

Shortly after authorities released the identity of the deceased teen Wednesday, Kelsey Panick said she created a GoFundMe page to help cover Samsel’s funeral costs. As of Wednesday night, the page had raised more than $200 of of its $5,000 goal.

Panick, a close friend of the teen, said she met Samsel a few years ago through a mutual friend.

Panick, and a report about the shooting in The Tonganoxie Mirror, said Samsel was a senior at Tonganoxie High School.

In her GoFundMe page statement, Panick described Samsel as “wonderful soul, a great son and a great friend.”

Kansas City, Kan., police are investigating Samsel’s death as a homicide.

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

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Savanna Smith works closely with the growth team and reports breaking news as an intern for The Kansas City Star. She is a junior at the University of Kansas studying journalism and humanities.

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