18-year old shot, killed in Blue Springs after reported burglary

Posted at 9:12 AM, Jan 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-13 23:16:00-05

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Police are looking for information and suspects tied to a homicide investigation after a shooting Friday night.

Gunfire rang out at an apartment complex in the 100 block of NW Vesper Street Friday around 9:30 p.m. 

Neighbors say they heard six or seven gunshots. When police arrived at the scene, they found Jack Price, 18, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Friends say they are still in shock. 

"Jack is a really goofy person. It's fun sitting at the house with him. He will go from saying weird stuff to making pterodactyl noises," said Ty Younger, who was Price's best friend since the eighth grade.

Younger said Price was always there for him.

Price's sister said he got along with everybody and loved his family like no other.

Price's family had moved to Raymore and he was trying to finish up school at home.  His friends said he liked to spend time with them in Blue Springs, where he grew up.

On Friday, Price was with friends at an apartment on Vesper Street, according to his sister.

She said they were expecting another person to join the group. Instead, four men came to the door and robbed those in the apartment at gunpoint. That's when Price was shot.

The homicide is hitting close to home for neighbors.

"I have grandkids we have kids living in this apartment building over here. The youngest is two years old. It could've been me; it could've been a child.  It could've been anybody," said Tammy Henson, who lives in the next building.

Price's sister Savannah made shirts in Price's favorite colors, red and orange.  They read, "Your wings were ready.  Our hearts were not."

Price's family set up a crowdfunding site to raise money for funeral expenses. 

Police are still looking for the suspects involved in the incident. Anyone with information should call the Blue Springs Police Department at 816-228-0151 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.