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KCPD investigating fatal shooting near 54th Street, Swope Parkway

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Posted at 5:27 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 15:51:09-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, Sept. 1 | KCPD identified the victim in this shooting as 32-year-old Tara D. Price.

ORIGINAL STORY, Aug. 31 | Kansas City, Missouri, police are investigating a fatal shooting near 54th Street and Swope Parkway.

According to KCPD, the shooting happened around 3:45 a.m.

Officers were directed to a home in the area where a woman in her 30s was shot and was unresponsive.

She was declared deceased at the scene of the shooting.

Detectives are working to gather evidence and talk to anyone who may have seen something.

“Hopefully the crime scene and some of the evidence there will give the detectives a good idea of who is responsible,” explained Sgt. Jake Becchina, a spokesperson for the department.

Becchina added that federal agents were working alongside KCPD detectives during the investigation as part of Operation LeGend.

"They’re embedded with the violent crimes investigative squads. Early on in the investigation, they’re right alongside detectives. They are helping knock on doors and canvas for witnesses and any identities of any potential suspects or things like that they’ll be working right alongside detectives to help them as much as they can,” Becchina explained while reinforcing KCPD is the lead investigatory agency.

Police are asking anyone with information to please call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-8477.

This is the 132nd homicide of 2020, compared with 101 by the same time in 2019.

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.