KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An overnight shooting in Kansas City, Missouri, took the lives of three people and left five injured, according to the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department.
KCPD officers responded to the area of 57th Street and Prospect Avenue just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday and found three people, two men and one woman, with gunshot wounds in a parking lot and in the street to the south of the intersection. All three were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Families confirmed to KSHB 41 two of the victims were Jasity Strong, 28, and Nikko Manning, 22.
Strong, a mother of two kids, was said to be out with friends celebrating her birthday, which is June 25.
Manning was also celebrating his birthday, and his parents were present at the gathering.
Five others were hospitalized due to non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the shooting. Some of the individuals were transported by ambulance while others were taken by private vehicles.
A subject of interest was into custody without incident just after 5 p.m. Sunday, per KCPD.
Investigation throughout the day led detectives to the discovery of the subject, an adult male, and a residence in the 5300 block of Martha Truman Road in Grandview.
"The investigation is still ongoing, and detectives will be working this evening (Sunday) to gather investigative findings to present a case to prosecutors for consideration of applicable charges," KCPD said in an update.
KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas commented on the arrest, thanking law enforcement for their "fast work."
I am grateful for the fast work of the women and men of the Kansas City Police Department in identifying a subject of interest in the 57th and Prospect shooting. I hope we find justice for the victims there and throughout our community last night.— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) June 26, 2023
Police believe a large gathering in a parking lot at 57th and Prospect was ongoing outside an auto mechanic shop when the shooting occurred.
KCPD has been called to the business before and reports the shop is known to host informal "after-hours" gatherings. Police confirmed there is no licensed club, bar or restaurant at the location.
My condolences to the families of three people killed in a shooting this morning at an apparent after-hours gathering near 57 and Prospect.— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) June 25, 2023
If the business knew persons would be present, without security, selling alcohol, and thwarting our laws, that business should be closed.
Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas and KCPD Chief Stacey Graves were present at the crime scene Sunday morning.
"I walked up to the scene today. I talked to some people," Lucas said. "We had a good conversation for a minute, then somebody else put their finger over their mouth to indicate staying quiet. I think that's regrettable."
Graves said that the details of what unfolded are not known at this time, but it is clear conflict took place.
"We just ask everyone, when it comes to a conflict, put down the guns, take a breath, walk away," Graves said.
Prospect was blocked from 55th Street to 58th Street on Sunday morning while detectives and crime scene personnel processed evidence and spoke with people on the scene.
KCPD detectives are confident the fatal shooting had many witnesses "that would have valuable information."
Anyone with information is asked to call KCPD homicide detectives at 816-234-5043 or the anonymous TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest could earn a reward of up to $25,000.
KCPD is working with Partners for Peace to monitor risks of retaliation and provide social services to those affected.
Earlier in the morning, KCPD responded around 3 a.m. to another shooting on Prospect near 31st Street. Police said critical injuries were suffered in the shooting, providing an update at 6 p.m. Sunday the victim succumbed to his injuriesat the hospital.
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.