KCKPD seeks suspect in deadly shooting near 78th and I-70

Posted at 12:15 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-04 17:26:48-04

UPDATE - Police have identified the victim in this incident as Darrian D. Stevens, 20, of Kansas City, Kansas. 

Police are still looking for the suspect(s) in this case. Anyone with information about the shooting should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — KCK officers are searching for a suspect after a deadly shooting near 78th Street and I-70 Friday morning.

Kansas City, Kansas police responded to the shooting around 9:15 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a man in a car dead from gunshot wounds.

KCK police said the victim and suspect cars were sitting at a red light near 78th and Elizabeth. When the cars began going south on 78th the suspect began shooting at the victim. 

The victim fled south but crashed into another car on the south side of I-70. 

Officers were searching for someone associated with the shooting near Turner High School. Police said they were a passenger in the victim's car. They believe the passenger fled the scene at the time of the shooting, and they are looking to identify that person. 

Turner High School was on lockdown for about an hour while police searched near the school. 

Officers said the suspect fled the scene. There is no suspect description at this time, and there have been no arrests. 

Close friends of the victim's family said they're in shock.

"It’s so sad," Myrna Pearson said. "It's very hard. I have experienced it before with this last year, and like I said it’s very hard." 

"To have somebody this close, it’s devastating. It’s heartbreaking," Sherita Pearson said.

Sherita Pearson said she's had enough of the senseless violence and needs someone to come forward.

"These people are eating, sleeping, bathing somewhere, and they’re sheltered and you should know what’s in your household morning, noon and night," Sherita Pearson said. "It’s not fair that other mothers have to endure the pain of losing their child because of the hands of somebody else."

KCK police encourage anyone with information about the shooting to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story said KCK police had located the passenger in the victim's vehicle. Police have not and are looking to identify that person.