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Double shooting in Kansas City leaves man dead, woman injured in southeast KC

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A small child was unharmed in a double shooting that killed a man and wounded a woman in southeast Kansas City Tuesday evening, police said.

The shooting happened just after 7 p.m. during a disturbance outside a home in the 7800 block of East 118th Terrace, police said.

Arriving officers found the victims, who told police that a disturbance happened in front of the home and it erupted into gunfire. A man shot both of the victims, police said.

The victims were rushed to a hospital where the man died from his injuries.

The man killed was identified by police on Thursday as Michael A. Lorthridge, 40.

The woman was expected to survive, police said.

Detectives are looking for the shooter, who fled the scene. No suspect information was provided by police.

The child was inside the home and away from the disturbance at the time of the shooting. The child was safe with family members, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Kansas City Police Department’s homicide detectives at 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.

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