Police release surveillance footage of 9th and Brooklyn homicide suspect
Police are again asking for the public’s help finding the man who fatally shot construction worker Johnathon Porter a year ago after he refused to give a man a cigarette at a Kansas City job site.
The plea comes on the first anniversary of Porter’s death. A man shot him several times in the chest the morning of April 24 at the construction site near Ninth Street and Brooklyn Avenue.
Porter, who worked for a company that contracted with Spire gas company, was beginning a day at work installing pipe when a passerby asked for a cigarette.
Porter didn’t smoke and told the man he couldn’t help him. The man walked away, but then turned around and shot Porter. The 23-year-old was rushed to a hospital where he died. He was going to be a father soon, with a daughter born the next month.
As part of their attempts to identify and catch the shooter, police released surveillance video of a suspect in the shooting.
The 16-second video showed a man in a blue hooded sweatshirt and gray pants walking near the site of the shooting.
The reward for information about the homicide has increased to $12,500.
The company Porter worked for, InfraSource, has established a fundraising website with the United Way of Greater Kansas City to collect donations for his family.