‘More life lost’: Saturday shooting leaves 4th victim dead in 4 days in Kansas City

A man was found dead in a vehicle Saturday after a shooting in Kansas City, the fourth person slain in the city in four days, according to police.

Police were called about 6 p.m. to the area of East 55th Street and Agnes Avenue, where officers found a crashed vehicle, according to Capt. Tim Hernandez, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman.

The vehicle came to a stop after it rear-ended a small shuttle bus, Hernandez said. Inside the vehicle, officers found a man in the driver’s seat. He had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

He has not been publicly identified.

Another person, a woman, arrived at a hospital with injuries that were considered life-threatening. Police said the injured victim came to the hospital from the same location.

At nearby East 55th Street and Prospect Avenue, officers found several shell casings in the street. Witnesses told police that the female victim got out of a vehicle found at the intersection when it was being shot at there.

No suspect information was released.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas posted a statement on Twitter about the killing hours after officials held a news conference announcing charges filed in a separate case.

In that homicide, a 25-year-old woman was shot and killed while attending an arts event in downtown Kansas City late Friday night.

“Saddened to hear reports of another shooting death already this evening off of 55th St.,” Lucas said in the tweet. “More life lost and family lives shattered. We’ll find a way out of this. We must.”

The killing was the 85th homicide this year in Kansas City, according to data kept by The Star that includes fatal police shootings. By this time last year, the city had recorded 77 homicides in a year that ended with 143.

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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.
Luke Nozicka covers local crime and federal courts for The Kansas City Star. Before joining The Star, he covered breaking news and courts for The Des Moines Register.