Crime

Man dead, 2 injured in triple shooting in Kansas City, police say

One person is dead and two injured in a triple shooting that happened around 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the 3700 block of Independence Avenue.

The victims, two men and a woman, were found along Askew Avenue.

Kansas City Police spokesman Tim Hernandez said officers found one man and one woman suffering from gunshot wounds near Independence Avenue. Both were transported to the hospital and are in stable condition.

The third victim, who died of his injuries, was found on Askew Avenue closer to Thompson Avenue.

He was identified Sunday as Leon Robinson Jr., 36.

No suspect information is available at this time, Hernandez said police are still speaking to witnesses to gather details.

One woman who lives in the area said she watched as an altercation broke out among a group of people and a man started shooting.

The woman asked not to be named because she feared for her safety.

He shot a woman who was visible frightened first, she said. The gunman then shot a man twice. The victim fell to the ground.

Next, she said, the man began shooting at the other man who was able to run away and get to the Family Dollar across the street on Independence Avenue.

Finally she said, the man shot the man on the ground two more times.

She believes the shooter and all his victims appeared to be in their 30s.

“It’s really sad my kids have to come out on the porch and see that,” she said. “It’s really scary because they shoot for no reason ... It’s worse because it’s broad daylight.”

She said gunshots are not uncommon in her neighborhood, so she keeps herself, and her six children inside.

The Kansas City Police Department is still investigating the crime.

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

This is being investigated as Kansas City’s 77th homicide according to data kept by The Star. By this time last year the city recorded 62 homicides in a year that ended with 136.

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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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