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Two killed in drive-by shooting near Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City

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Two men were killed in a drive-by shooting early Sunday near the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City.

Police officers working around the entertainment district heard the sound of gunfire about 2:15 a.m. coming from the 1200 block of Walnut Street.

Officers ran to the area and found two men who had been shot in front of a vacant business at 1217 Walnut St., near the One Light apartments and parking garages.

Emergency medical workers pronounced one of the men dead at the scene. The other man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, police said.

Witnesses told investigators that a group of people, including the victims, were walking northbound on Walnut when an unknown vehicle pulled alongside the group, police said.

Someone inside the vehicle fired shots at the group, striking the two men.

A description of the shooter and the vehicle were not available.

Police said there were numerous people in the vicinity of the shooting. Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477) or the Kansas City Police Department’s Homicide Unite at 816-234-5043.

There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

The men’s deaths are the 94th and 95th homicides of the year in Kansas City, according to data kept by The Star which also includes deadly police shootings. That compares to 88 homicides for same period last year.

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Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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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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