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43rd Kansas City, Missouri, homicide victim of 2021 'more than a number'

Officers locate man in 6000 block of Highland
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Posted at 9:35 PM, Apr 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-03 23:58:30-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One person is dead following a shooting Saturday night in Kansas City, Missouri.

Police responded to just after 8:30 p.m. on a reported shooting near 60th Street and Blue Hills, and witnesses directed police toward the area where they heard shots coming from, according to KCPD spokesperson Donna Drake.

Officers then located an adult, male victim in critical condition in the 6000 block of Highland Avenue.

Drake said life-saving measures were performed and the victim was transported to an area hospital, where he later died.

There is no suspect information at this time, and the victim has not yet been identified.

This marks the 43rd homicide of 2021, but the victim was "more than a number," according to Drake.

"It was a life," she said. "Someone’s friend, someone’s son. Potentially someone’s father. This is tragic."

Hours before the shooting, several community members gathered for a Stop the Violence rally.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information can call the Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043 or the anonymous TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS

For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at P3Tips.com.

Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the 41 Action News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the 41 Action News Mug Shot Policy.