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Shooter pursued victims for blocks, left 1 dead and 1 critical in wrecked car: KCPD

Shooter pursued victims for blocks, left 1 dead and 1 critical in wrecked car

A shooting that apparently unfolded over several blocks in south Kansas City Tuesday left one man dead and another person in critical condition, according to police.
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A shooting that apparently unfolded over several blocks in south Kansas City Tuesday left one man dead and another person in critical condition, according to police.

A shooting that apparently unfolded over several blocks in south Kansas City Tuesday left one person dead and another in critical condition, according to police.

The shooting was reported around 3:15 p.m. near 80th Terrace and Blue Ridge Boulevard. Police found two people shot inside a black Ford Mustang that had run off the road and hit another vehicle, said Capt. Tim Hernandez, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman.

One victim, the passenger in the Mustang, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other person, the driver, was taken to a hospital. Their identities have not been released by police.

The initial investigation suggested to police that the two people were riding in the Mustang when someone started shooting at them near 77th Terrace and Blue Ridge Boulevard, Hernandez said. Police later said casing and glass were found nearby at 78th and Blue Ridge Boulevard.

The shooting continued until the victims’ car ran off the road.

As the investigation into the shooting continued Tuesday night, Kansas City police released a photo in an attempt to locate a vehicle in connection to the shooting. The photo showed a black Dodge Ram truck pulling a trailer with landscaping equipment.

Anyone with information on the shooting or on the whereabouts of the truck is asked to call the Kansas City Police Department Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

The killing Tuesday was being investigated as Kansas City’s 105th homicide this year, according to data kept by The Star, which includes fatal police shootings.

“This is the middle of broad daylight,” Hernandez said. “This could have been a lot worse.”

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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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