Crime

One man dead after fatal shooting Friday afternoon on Independence Avenue

Kansas City police were investigating a shooting Friday afternoon that killed a 55-year-old man in the parking lot of a convenience store on the city’s northeast side.

The killing marked the sixth homicide reported in the city since Monday, police said.

Officers responded to the reported shooting around 3:30 p.m. outside Express Stop in the 3500 block of Independence Avenue and found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The victim was identified later by police as Jordan B. Smith.

Details of what prompted the shooting were not released Friday. No suspect details were released.

“This was in the middle of the afternoon on the (Independence) Avenue which is heavily traveled,” said police spokesman Capt. Tim Hernandez. “We probably had a lot of people out here.”

The killing was being investigated as Kansas City’s 109th homicide this year, according to data kept by The Star, which includes fatal officer-involved shootings.

Since Monday, six people have been fatally shot in different areas of the city.

Late Monday night, about 10:35 p.m., 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.

Then, on Tuesday, police were called to two separate double shootings in south Kansas City.

Two men, 20-year-old Makih T. Briggs and 21-year-old Jalen Stevens were riding in a black Ford Mustang when police say someone started shooting at them around 3:15 p.m Tuesday. The car then crashed into a parked vehicle near 80th Terrace and Blue Ridge Boulevard. Both the driver and passenger died from gunshot wounds.

Later Tuesday night, 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.

No arrests have been announced this week in connection to the killings. Hernandez said detectives were still investigating each case “but we need the help, the assistance of witnesses.”

“Even if you think what you saw isn’t relevant, let us know and we’ll make that decision,” Hernandez added.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kansas City Police Department Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043 or call the TIPS Hotline anonymously at 816-474-8477. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the 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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