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Man among 2 shot in Independence has died; homicide investigation underway

Independence police officer speaks at scene of double shooting

Officer Jodi Grooms, a spokesperson for the Independence Police Department said two men were shot Sunday near Interstate 70 and U.S. 40 highway. The shooting was reported about 12:40 p.m. Sunday.
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Officer Jodi Grooms, a spokesperson for the Independence Police Department said two men were shot Sunday near Interstate 70 and U.S. 40 highway. The shooting was reported about 12:40 p.m. Sunday.

One of two men shot Sunday afternoon in Independence has died from his injuries, police said.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired about 12:40 p.m. near Interstate 70 and U.S. 40 highway, where they found two people who had been shot, according to the Independence Police Department.

One of the victims was found at a bus stop and the other was located outside a nearby McDonald’s, said Officer Jodi Grooms, a spokesperson for the police department.

The victims were taken to a hospital, where one of the men died, Grooms said. He has not been identified.

Police are investigating his death as a homicide.

The other man remained hospitalized. His condition was not immediately known.

Several shell casings were recovered in the area as officers formed a perimeter and gathered witnesses to interview, Grooms said. She called the area, with a Walmart nearby, “fairly busy” for police, though officers are usually dispatched there for shoplifting and other disturbances.

No suspect information has been released.

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Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a white sport utility vehicle that may have been involved in a shooting that injured two people near Interstate 70 and U.S. 40 highway in Independence on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Independence Police Department

Police released a photograph of a white Dodge Journey in the hopes of identifying its driver or any possible passengers that may have been involved in the shooting.

Investigators asked anyone with information about the vehicle or the shooting to call 816-325-7300 or 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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