2nd woman dies after Thursday night shooting in Kansas City, Kansas

Posted at 1:56 PM, May 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-22 14:56:44-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A second victim has died after three women were shot late Thursday night at a home in the 2700 block of North 123rd Street in Kansas City, Kansas.

The KCK Police Department provided an update Monday that 51-year-old Penny Smith, who lived in the home, died Sunday at an area hospital.

Police previously confirmed that Smith's daughter — Kristy C. Thow, 29, of Shawnee — died shortly after the shooting.

A third woman who was also struck by gunfire has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment.

KCKPD said the adult male suspect, Christopher Smith, 51, who was also a resident of the home where the shooting took place, died at the scene from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The KCKPD Major Case Unit is investigating the incident.

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