Female passenger killed by gunfire as deadly Fourth of July weekend continues in KC

New crime fighting plan for KC includes raising reward for tips to $25,000

Kansas City law enforcement officials announced renewed efforts to tackle gun-related violence and homicides.
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Kansas City law enforcement officials announced renewed efforts to tackle gun-related violence and homicides.

A 25-year-old woman was shot and killed while riding in a vehicle Sunday when gunfire erupted in a Kansas City neighborhood, continuing what has become a deadly Fourth of July weekend in the metro area, police said.

The shooting occurred about 12:45 a.m. near 39th Street and Myrtle Avenue. Police were dispatched to the area to investigate reports of shots being fired.

As officers arrived, a vehicle showed up at a hospital with a woman inside suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.

The driver told police that they were in the area of 39th and Myrtle when they heard gunfire. The drive then realized the woman had been hit and drove her to the hospital. Doctors pronounced the woman dead at the hospital.

Police later identified her as Ki’essence Pelton.

Detectives were looking for witnesses and crime scene investigators were collecting evidence at the scene.

Anyone with information about the deadly shooting is asked to call the Kansas City Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

The shooting continued a violent holiday weekend in Kansas City.

On Saturday a teenager was shot and two men were found killed in separate incidents.

The teenager was shot in the chest Saturday night in the 3600 block of Cypress Avenue. He was in critical condition, police said.

Earlier in the day, the body of local rapper Mack Jones was found in a vehicle in the 6600 block of Monroe Avenue.

Also that morning the body of Gregory Payton Jr. of Kansas City, Kansas, was found in a vehicle in the 3900 block of Topping Avenue.

Police are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead Friday morning in a south Kansas City apartment. Lynn Armstrong, 48, was found in the apartment in the 9300 block of Myrtle Avenue.

The reward for information leading to the arrest in Kansas City homicide cases has recently increased to $25,000.

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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.