17-year-old dies after car comes under fire in Kansas City; police investigate homicide

A 17-year-old boy who was shot while he was riding in a car on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Friday night has died, Kansas City police said in a statement.

The victim has been identified as Deontae Campbell.

The shooting happened after 7 p.m. on MLK Boulevard near East 63rd Street in Kansas City.

Police said the car came under gunfire while heading north and crashed into the side of a thrift store in the 1300 block of East 63rd Street.

Officers arrived and found two teens inside the car.

One of the teens, Campbell, had gunshot wounds and was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He died at the hospital on Saturday afternoon.

The second teen had not been hit but was taken to a hospital with minor injuries from the wreck, according to police.

Police said on Saturday that they’re now investigating the incident as a homicide.

No suspect information was available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kansas City Police Department Homicide Unit at 816-234-5034 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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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.