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Police arrest person of interest in February Blue Springs homicide

Blue Springs Police
Posted at 6:50 PM, Feb 26, 2024

UPDATE, March 25 | The Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline posted on social media Saturday, March 23, the suspect has been arrested.

ORIGINAL STORY, Feb. 26 | A suspect is being sought by police after a shooting late Sunday night killed one man in Blue Springs.

Anthony Wayne Taylor Jr., 33, is suspected in the death of Cornell Elam of Kansas City, Mo., about 11:50 p.m. in the 300 block of Northwest Summit Drive, police said.

Court documents state Elam was the ex-boyfriend of Taylor's current girlfriend.

Taylor reportedly shot Elam during a verbal argument, according to documents. A witness allegedly heard the Elam tell Taylor that he arrived to the residence to "see his baby mama." When Taylor produced a handgun from his pocket and pointed it at Elam, the two men stepped outside.

Taylor's girlfriend informed police that she heard Taylor tell the Elam, "I told you not to come around here anymore," before a single gunshot sounded.

Elam walked down the street before collapsing near a silver minivan.

Blue Springs police responded to the scene and located Elam with a gunshot wound. He died a short time later at a hospital.

By the time officers arrived to the residence, they learned that Taylor fled the scene by vehicle.

Blue Springs police officers processed the scene and found a blood trail leading from the residence to the silver minivan, a shell casing in the yard outside the home and a spent bullet near a tree in the yard, per documents.

"It was determined that the suspect and four other people, including the suspect's three-year-old daughter were in the home at the time of the shooting," documents state.

Taylor is Black, 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds, according to police. Taylor has black hair and brown eyes.

Taylor has a history of attempted homicide and domestic violence-related charges, per police. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

He has an active arrest warrant for second-degree murder.

Anyone with information about the homicide or Taylor's whereabouts should call 911 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

If you have any information about a crime, you may contact your local police department directly. But if you want or need to remain anonymous, you should contact the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at P3Tips.com. Depending on your tip, Crime Stoppers could offer you a cash reward.

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.