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Four shot outside home on Michigan Avenue in Kansas City

KCPD spokesman describes shooting of four people on Michigan Avenue

Kansas City Police Department spokesman Capt. Tim Hernandez spoke about a shooting that injured four people Tuesday near 53rd Street and Michigan Avenue. One victim had life-threatening injuries.
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Kansas City Police Department spokesman Capt. Tim Hernandez spoke about a shooting that injured four people Tuesday near 53rd Street and Michigan Avenue. One victim had life-threatening injuries.

Four people, including a teenager, were shot outside a home on Michigan Avenue late Tuesday afternoon, Kansas City police said.

Police were called to the 5300 block of Michigan Avenue after 3:45 p.m. to investigate the shooting.

One of the victims, a man, had life-threatening injuries, according to Capt. Tim Hernandez, a police spokesman. Three others — an 18-year-old man, a 42-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man — had injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening. All four were taken to a hospital.

Police said there could have been multiple shooters involved, but no descriptions were immediately available.

Police believe the suspects were shooting down the street toward the residence where the four victims were found.

A longtime resident living on East 54th Street nearby, 55-year-old Michael Rodgers, didn’t see what happened Tuesday but said the neighborhood has dealt with gunfire in the past couple months, making neighbors like himself feel “uneasy.”

A school bus drops off children near Michigan Avenue and East 54th Street each day after school, Rodgers pointed out. “Imagine if the bus was letting kids out when this happened,” he said.

The shooting remained under investigation Tuesday night, police said.

“It’s another situation of senseless violence,” Hernandez told reporters at the scene. “It’s unfortunate, and we’re going to do everything that we can to investigate and prevent it from occurring again.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kansas City Police Department Assault Squad at 816-234-5227 or call the TIPS Hotline anonymously 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.


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