Man found dead in crashed vehicle after early morning shooting in Raytown, police say

Raytown police were investigating after a man was found shot to death inside a wrecked vehicle early Saturday morning.

In a news release, police said they were called at 6:19 a.m. to the 10700 block of East 59th Street in reference to gunfire heard in the area and a crash.

Arriving officers found a man in the crashed car with gunshot wounds.

Police were told that before the wreck, the victim was shot by a man who fled the scene.

Police later identified the man as Christopher L. Stanford, 27, of Raymore.

A female was reported to be in the vehicle when the shooting occurred. Police said she jumped from the vehicle while it was moving and was taken to a hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Police said they also received reports of a man shooting at someone else in the 6100 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard, about half a mile from the crash scene. Officers responded to the scene but found neither an injured person nor the suspect.

Both incidents remain under investigation. No arrests have been announced.

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

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.