Violent week in KC: 5 killed since Monday after second Blue Ridge shooting victim dies

A 20-year-old man who died from his injuries after someone fired upon his car is among five people who have been shot and killed during a violent week in Kansas City.

The man, identified by police as Makih T. Briggs, was driving a Ford Mustang when he was critically injured in a shooting around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday near 80th Terrace and Blue Ridge Boulevard.

The shooting apparently unfolded over several blocks, said Capt. Tim Hernandez, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman.

Police found Briggs and a passenger with gunshot wounds inside the Mustang. The car had run off the road and hit a parked vehicle.

The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified by police as 21-year-old Jalen Stevens.

Briggs was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries Wednesday morning.

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

It was the second homicide scene Kansas City police had responded to in less than 24 hours.

Late Monday night, about 10:35 p.m. Monday, police had been called after a 41-year-old man, Antwain Foster, was found shot to death in the area of East 29th Street and Park Avenue East.

As detectives continued their investigation into the Blue Ridge shooting Tuesday night, police got the call that another double shooting had been reported at an apartment complex less than a mile away.

About 9:40 p.m., two men were found dead in an apartment at Park Meadows in the 7900 block of Manchester Avenue. According to police, the men, identified as 20-year-old Dajuan Reese and 44-year-old Rance R. Burton, had been shot.

Hernandez told reporters that a few people at the south Kansas City apartment complex had been detained for questioning late Tuesday night.

No arrests have been announced in any of the cases.

Hernandez said police are urging anyone with information about these homicides to call the Kansas City Police Department Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

The killings this week have put Kansas City at 108 homicides this year, according to data kept by The Star, which includes fatal officer-involved shootings.

“Your assistance is crucial. We need your help to solve these crimes to make sure that we put the perpetrators in jail,” Hernandez said Tuesday as police processed the scene at Park Meadows. “Take them off the streets so we don’t have any more of this violence where families are losing their loved ones.”

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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.