All homicides matter and should be thoroughly investigated with citizens’ help and solved as promptly as possible. However, Kansas City police should devote a ton of attention to solving the weekend homicide in the Power & Light District and redouble efforts to ensure the future safety of downtown visitors.
Nicholas Preuitt, 27, was fatally shot about 3 a.m. Sunday in a Power & Light District parking garage at 151 E. 13th St. Police found him in the passenger seat of a vehicle that had been among cars in a line exiting the garage when the shooting occurred, The Kansas City Star reports.
Witnesses told police that an argument took place before the shooting. The suspect fled in a small- to medium-size black SUV.
Solving the crime and beefing up efforts to ensure the safety of downtown visitors is important to keep the entertainment area attractive to people. The city wants people to continue to go to First Fridays, the Sprint Center, the Power & Light District, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Crown Center, Liberty Memorial, Union Station, the downtown library and in 2015 to ride the new streetcar from those points to the River Market area.
But people have to feel safe to want to continue to support downtown.