2 killed in shooting near community center in KC during ‘violent weekend,’ police say – Kansas City Star
Two men were fatally shot Sunday evening during a violent day in Kansas City that left four shooting victims dead, police said.
Officers responded to the shooting about 6:30 p.m. outside the Brush Creek Community Center at Cleveland Avenue and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, where they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds.
One of the men died at the scene and the other died at a hospital, according to Jacob Becchina, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman.
Police said a group of men gathered outside the center before an altercation broke out. Shortly after the fight started, one or more of the men pulled out a gun and fired shots, Becchina said.
The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the community center. There were no events at the center, which was closed at the time, Becchina said.
Police believed they have spoken with everyone associated with the shooting. Investigators are not actively searching for any suspects, Becchina said.
The slain men have not been identified by police.
Gathered across the street from the community center, grieving family members said one of the victims was a 28-year-old man who left behind a 9-year-old son. They don’t know how they’re going to tell the boy his father is gone, they said.
Nearby, one man walked toward the yellow, cautionary police tape blocking the crime scene and repeatedly said: “I want to see my son.” A woman, who said she was an aunt of one of the victims, held the man back, trying to calm him.
“I know baby,” she said.
The shooting came during an “especially violent weekend,” Becchina said. Early Sunday morning, two men were killed in a drive-by shooting near the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City.
“It’s terribly tragic that even one person loses their life to gun violence, and now two at a time, twice on the same day,” Becchina said. “So this is four on today’s date.”
The men’s deaths marked the 96th and 97th homicides this year in Kansas City, according to data kept by The Star, which also includes deadly police shootings. By this time last year, the city recorded 94 homicides in a year that ended with 143.
Anyone with information about the homicides was asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.