Man found shot to death in Kansas City neighborhood; police investigate homicide

A 41-year-old man was found shot to death late Monday in a Kansas City neighborhood, according to police.

The shooting occurred about 10:35 p.m. near East 29th Street and Park Avenue E, Capt. Tim Hernandez, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman, said in an email.

A caller reported that shots had been fired in the area. While officers were on their way, police were informed that someone had been shot, Hernandez said.

Arriving officers found a man lying unresponsive on the ground. Emergency medical workers pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police identified the victim on Tuesday as Antwain Foster.

No suspect information nor motive was available.

A neighbor, Gloria Rhodes, said she has lived in the neighborhood for about 28 years. In the past, she said, there has been violence and drug activity in the area. But things had been quiet for years and she was surprised by the shooting.

“For that to happen on this block is shocking to me,” she said.

Foster’s death was the city’s 104th homicide of the year, according to data kept by The Star, which includes fatal officer-involved shootings.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call the Kansas City Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

There’s a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Kaitlyn Schwers contributed to this report.

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