Man shot and killed after argument at Kansas City apartment; police seek suspect

A man was shot and killed Sunday during an argument at an apartment in Kansas City, according to police.

The shooting was reported about 3:50 p.m. at an apartment near 42nd Street and Tracy Avenue, according to Sgt. Jacob Becchina, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department.

Arriving officers found a man who had been shot multiple times, Becchina said. The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead inside the apartment.

The preliminary investigation showed several people were in the apartment when an argument broke out and one person shot the man, Becchina said.

Police were talking to people at the scene and witnesses in the area as they sought to identify the suspected shooter and find out where he went.

Crime scene investigators would be at the scene for some time, Becchina said.

The shooting marked the seventh homicide in Kansas City since Monday night.

The killing was also the 110th homicide this year in the city, according to data kept by The Star, which includes fatal police shootings. Last year, 143 homicides were reported in the city.

Arguments that lead to gunfire are among the leading causes of homicides in the city, Becchina said.

“It’s just so unfortunate because it’s 100% preventable,” he said. “You don’t have to end an argument with gunfire.”

At least a dozen people gathered near the crime scene. Among them was Rosilyn Temple, the head of Kansas City’s chapter of Mothers in Charge, a crime prevention and family support group.

“Why are we so angry?” asked Temple, whose 26-year-old son was murdered in 2011. “We have to value life more than we do.”

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

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Luke Nozicka covers local crime and federal courts for The Kansas City Star. Before joining The Star, he covered breaking news and courts for The Des Moines Register.