Police investigating a shooting Tuesday night in south Kansas City found a man, a woman and an infant killed inside a house.
The shooting was reported about 9:30 p.m. near 84th Street and Hillcrest Road, police said. A family member had returned home to find the bodies.
The three people appeared to have been shot, said Capt. Tye Grant, a police department spokesman. Police did not have any information about who the shooter might be.
Investigators waited to get a search warrant before looking for evidence inside the home. Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté and Mayor Sly James visited the scene.
James said he was “ticked” that gun violence had claimed another child and challenged the city to “rise up and make it stop.”
The infant killed Tuesday was the seventh homicide victim this year in Kansas City aged 16 or younger. In three of those homicides, the victims were shot. On Saturday, according to prosecutors, a 23-year-old Kansas City woman fatally shot her 5-year-old son during an argument with her boyfriend and then blamed the shooting on an intruder.
The details of what happened Tuesday on 84th Street were still unclear, but James said “idiots with guns” were to blame. The mayor expressed frustration that the gun violence continued despite the hand-wringing that followed each killing.
“It’s the same old stuff, we all know what’s going on. We just don’t have the guts to change it,” James said. “Everyone wants to protect their rights, but while we’re doing that, we’re forgetting that people are getting killed at a ridiculous rate.”
The investigation continued.