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Woman pushing stroller with baby killed outside gas station

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Posted at 12:18 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 12:40:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, July 22 | Police said they have two people of interest in custody. They also confirmed that Diamon was pregnant when she was killed.

UPDATE, July 21 | The woman killed has been identified as 20-year-old Diamon Eichelburger. Police said the child involved is under the age of two, not the age of one.

ORIGINAL STORY, July 20 | A woman pushing a stroller with a baby inside was shot to death Monday morning at a 7-Eleven in the 2600 block of Van Brunt Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri.

KCPD said around 11:30 a.m. the woman was pushing the stroller through the parking lot at the gas station and convenience store.

Witnesses said a vehicle drove up alongside the woman and opened fire.

Arriving emergency personnel pronounced the woman dead at the scene from her gunshot wounds, according to KCPD.

Candace Dorsey was driving down East 27th Street approaching Van Brunt when the shooting happened.

“I just heard the gunshots," she said. "I saw a black car pull off and saw a young lady laying on the ground so my first instinct was to go try to help her."

Dorsey pulled into the gas station parking lot and ran to the victim’s side.

“She was just laying there, eyes fixed, and I just kept telling her it’s going to be OK,” Dorsey said. “She took her last breath when I was right there.”

Dorsey is shaken and said she feels for the family, because she has kids and grandchildren herself.

“We’ve got to stop this violence, all this crime, the shooting," Dorsey said. "It has to be stopped."

Rosilyn Temple, the founder and executive director of the Kansas City chapter of Mothers in Charge, consoled the victim’s mother and family, who were devastated as the medical examiner’s van drove away with the body.

“Hearing a mother scream, cry out of her deep gut, I know the feeling,” Temple, who is at nearly every homicide scene in Kansas City, said. “I told her, 'Just let it out. That was your child. That was your baby.'”

The infant in the stroller, who is believed to be younger than 1 year old, appeared unharmed, but police took the baby to an area hospital to be looked at "out of an abundance of caution," police said.

KCPD detectives are interviewing witnesses and working on a suspect profile.

The 7-Eleven is located across the street from the former KCPD East Patrol Division Station.

This is the 106th homicide in KCMO in 2020.

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