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Friday triple shooting on MLK Jr. Boulevard ‘appears to be drug related,’ police say

Kansas City police investigate triple shooting at MLK Jr. Boulevard

Kansas City police were investigating a shooting that killed one person and injured two others Friday, June 21, 2019. It happened around 5:30 p.m. near East 84th Street on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, formerly known as The Paseo.
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Kansas City police were investigating a shooting that killed one person and injured two others Friday, June 21, 2019. It happened around 5:30 p.m. near East 84th Street on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, formerly known as The Paseo.

A triple shooting that occurred Friday on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near East 84th street “appears to be drug related,” police said Saturday.

Police responded to the shooting about 5:30 p.m. Friday. Witnesses told arriving police officers that the victims drove away after the shooting. Minutes later, they arrived at a hospital.

One victim, identified Saturday as 25-year-old Barry B. Barns, died at the hospital, according to police. The other two victims were listed in serious condition as of Friday night.

Police said that, while the shooting appeared to be drug related, a motive is still unknown.

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

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Katie Bernard covers Kansas crime, cops and courts for the Kansas City Star. She joined the Star in May of 2019. Katie studied journalism and political science at the University of Kansas.
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