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Independence police identify teenager killed in early Sunday morning shooting at apartment complex

Posted at 8:30 AM, Dec 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-19 16:43:41-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 19-year-old man died Sunday in overnight shooting at an apartment complex in Independence.

The Independence Police Department responded to a "man down" call around 3:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Brookside Avenue.

Officers arrived to an apartment complex and located the victim inside a vehicle in a parking lot, according to IPD.

The man — identified Monday as James D. Smith, 19 — appeared to have suffered injuries from gunfire. He died before police arrived.

IPD is investigating the homicide.

Police said they do not have any information on suspects in the homicide at this time.

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call the anonymous Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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