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1 person killed, 1 child injured in shooting outside Kansas City home, police say

Kansas City police investigate double shooting on Cypress Avenue

One person was killed and a child was injured in a shooting outside a home Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in the 4400 block of Cypress Avenue, according to Officer Darin Snapp, a Kansas City police spokesman.
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One person was killed and a child was injured in a shooting outside a home Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in the 4400 block of Cypress Avenue, according to Officer Darin Snapp, a Kansas City police spokesman.

A 17-year-old boy was killed and a girl was injured in a double shooting Wednesday night in Kansas City, according to police.

The victim was identified as Zavion Hall. The child, who police said was under 10-years-old, was stable condition Thursday.

Officers were called to investigate the double shooting about 7:30 p.m. in the 4400 block of Cypress Avenue.

Gunshots were fired after an argument broke out outside a home between two young men, both thought to be in their late teens, said Officer Darin Snapp, a Kansas City police spokesman.

Gunfire struck Hall and the girl. Arriving officers found Hall lying in the yard with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Family members took the girl to a hospital, police said.

It appeared the girl was playing outside and was with the male victim in the yard at the time of the shooting, Snapp said.

Police described the suspect as a male in his late teens, and said it appeared the suspect was walking down the street before the shooting. No further description was released and no arrests have been announced.

Officers canvassed the area and talked to potential witnesses Wednesday night.

The killing was being investigated as Kansas City’s 93rd homicide this year, according to data kept by The Star.

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

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in Kansas City homicide cases.

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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.
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