Crime

Third killing in six days puts Overland Park neighborhood on edge

Bullet holes riddled the side of a duplex in the 7800 block of West 61st Terrace in Overland Park as crime scene investigator Ashley Vogelaar of the Johnson County sheriff’s department carried bags out of the duplex on Tuesday while processing the scene.
Bullet holes riddled the side of a duplex in the 7800 block of West 61st Terrace in Overland Park as crime scene investigator Ashley Vogelaar of the Johnson County sheriff’s department carried bags out of the duplex on Tuesday while processing the scene. tljungblad@kcstar.com

In less than a week, an Overland Park cul-de-sac has become the most deadly block in the Kansas City area.

On Tuesday, the morning after the third fatal shooting in six days, people who live there said they were fed up and fearful.

“I don’t feel safe here anymore,” said one woman, who like other neighbors did not want to give her name because the shooters remain on the loose. “I just want to move.”

The latest killing in the 7800 block of West 61st Terrace occurred just before 6:30 p.m. Monday when someone with a semi-automatic rifle fired multiple shots into a duplex occupied by nine people, including seven children.

One woman was killed and a child was wounded Monday night when a duplex in the 7800 block of West 61st Terrace in Overland Park was hit by gunfire. Nine people, including seven children, were in the duplex just before 6 p.m. when the shots were fi

Two people were shot — Quaushey L. Harris, 36, who died later at a hospital, and her 11-year-old daughter, the youngest of her four children, whose injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Monday night’s killing was across the street and several doors down from a duplex where someone fatally shot 18-year-old Velik Henderson on June 30. Trevon Anderson, 19, who was involved in that incident, was found fatally wounded in the street.

Overland Park police said Tuesday that the two incidents are related, although they did not say how. They are asking anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Harris’s grandmother, Theressa Loggins, said Tuesday that Harris knew the previous victims but was not related to them.

She said Harris was an active member of her church, where she was a praise dancer and worked with young people.

“She was a happy person,” Loggins said. “She took care of her kids on her own. She was a good mother.”

Family members said they had no idea why someone would want to target Harris.

“She didn’t bother anyone,” Loggins said.

On Tuesday morning, at least a dozen bullet holes were visible in the front of the duplex where Harris lived.

Several stray bullets also hit the duplex next door. The man who lives there said it sounded like someone was pounding on his front door.

“I’m thanking God my roommates were out of town,” he said.

Another man, who lives next to the scene of last week’s shooting, said he was out of town when it happened, but he was “freaking out” because his family was home.

“We didn’t expect this again,” he said Tuesday. “Every neighbor on the block is terrified.”

Another woman who has lived on the block for 16 years described the situation as “very scary and very shocking.”

“I’ve never been afraid in this neighborhood,” she said. “The loss of life is upsetting.”

The woman who said she plans to move said she was standing outside her residence when the shooting started Monday night.

“It sounded like a war zone,” she said. “It was so loud.”

She knew it wasn’t fireworks, so she ran inside and got down on the floor.

It was raining at the time, so the children who normally are outside playing were inside, she said.

Several Overland Park police cars were parked outside Monday night’s crime scene, and the woman said that when they leave, she would too.

“I’m not staying here anymore,” she said. “I have a feeling it’s not over.”

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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