Man shot outside south Kansas City church and white SUV flees scene, police say

A man died at a hospital after being shot in the parking lot behind a south Kansas City church late Monday, police said.

Police responded to reports of shots being fired about 10:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of East 103rd Street. They discovered a crime scene near a basketball court in the parking lot behind the Evangel Church.

The shooting victim showed up at a local hospital with critical injuries. He died a shortly thereafter, according to the Kansas City Police Department.

Witnesses told police a white SUV fled the scene after the shooting. Police said they had no suspect description to release.

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

The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, which runs the TIPS Hotline, recently increased the reward offered for tips in Kansas City homicides to $25,000.

The killing was being investigated as Kansas City’s 72nd homicide this year, according to data kept by The Star. By this time last year, the city recorded 62 homicides in a year that ended with 138.

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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.