The timing of the fourth homicide in Kansas City, Kan., in the span of five days was not lost on Wyandotte County Commissioner Gayle Townsend.
Townsend joined Kansas City, Kan. Police Department officials and other concerned citizens at a press conference Saturday at police headquarters.
Just an hour before the 3 p.m. conference, police were dispatched to 21st Street and Quindaro Boulevard on reports of a shooting. Police have not released any information on the victim or the circumstances of the incident, but confirmed that the person died.
The death was the 26th homicide of the year in the city. It comes after three separate drive-by shootings this week killed a 36-old-woman, a 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl.
“While we were trying to decide how to best get the message out — begging members of the community to come forward about that act of violence (Tuesday night) — another one occurred (Friday) night,” Townsend said.
“And then as we were preparing today to come here, yet another one. This has got to stop.”
Townsend, fellow Commissioner Harold Johnson and Kansas City, Kan., Deputy Police Chief Tyrone Garner implored citizens to help stem the tide of violence.
Flanked by almost 20 people, Townsend, Johnson and Garner asked for the public’s help to apprehend the people responsible.
“It literally takes a village,” Garner said. “The police department cannot do this alone.”
In Friday’s incident, an unidentified teenage girl was killed and another person was injured in a drive-by about 6:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Freeman Drive.
A prayer vigil for Hays is at 6 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Ninth and Cleveland in Kansas City, Kan.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.