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Teenager dies after being shot while riding in backseat of vehicle in KCK

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A teenager shot overnight while riding in a back seat of a vehicle in Kansas City, Kansas, has died, police said Wednesday.

A man, also sitting in the backseat, was also injured in the shooting. He was in serious but stable condition at a hospital, according to police.

Police responded to the shooting about 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 1900 block of North 15th Street.

The man told police that unknown persons fired at them from another vehicle while traveling east on Parallel Avenue, between 18th and 38th streets. The two victims were hit by gunfire, police said.

Both victims were rushed to a hospital.

The teenager later died from the injuries. Police identified him as 17-year-old Jo’shawn Garrett.

Residents in the area on Wednesday described hearing several bursts of rapid gunfire at the time of the shooting.

Police continued to investigate the homicide. No suspect or vehicle description was available.

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

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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.
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