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Friends in shock after 24-year-old man gunned down in Midtown

Posted at 7:31 AM, Mar 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-06 20:20:02-05

UPDATE, March 6, 2018 | Police say that Carson was not the intended victim of the attack.

In a release, police say they hope to locate the suspect soon, but are still hoping for tips at (816) 474-8477.

Police say they located the dark SUV they were searching for in connection to the case.

EARLIER | KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Friends and family of 24-year-old Ta'Ron Carson are mourning the loss of their bright light this Sunday.

Police said Carson was shot and killed while sitting on a bench at 39th and Main around 3 in the morning.

Witnesses tell police a dark-colored vehicle stopped in front of the bus stop and the people inside got out and started shooting.

Carson was hit and the vehicle drove off.

Angel Carmona had been with Carson just before this happened. He was working security at Aura nightclub, where Carson and friends had been that night.

"I heard one of the bouncers say something there was a shooting. I immediately texted my friends to see if they were ok. When I didn’t get a text back I knew something was wrong," explained Carmona, who said he had wished he were there. "Try to help him, protect him. With him, I’ve always wanted to keep him under my wing."

Carson was a brother, son, and friend. He was the senior class president for the 2011 class of Northeast High School.

Carmona said Carson was well-liked. He was homecoming king and prom prince. He also said he loved makeup and wanted to make sure it was perfect or "on fleek" whenever he left the house.

Carson also loved dancing and music.

"He loves Beyonce. He's a Beyonce fan," laughed Carmona, as he reminisced about his friend fondly.
Several of Carson's friends said he could talk to anyone and make them feel special. 

“When he passed he was very happy, very free. He lived life to the fullest and would talk to anyone and make them feel special,” said Marc Anthony Young.

Neighbors said Carson may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"This particular area, including Westport over here, has been a problem with violence," said John Kinnamon, who regularly takes the bus at the stop where Carson was killed.

A crime map from February 18 to March 4 shows five reported incidents in a two block radius of where the murder happened.

Some bus riders said they don't feel safe knowing Carson's killer is still out there.

"Some of them, in my opinion, don’t have respect for life, respect for other people," explained Celestine Wheeler, who lives just down the street.

Carmona describes the homicide as a nightmare and said he can't believe Carson is gone.

"I said, he’s my little brother. and I don’t know what I’m going to do without him," said Carmona.

When authorities found Carson he was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 816-474-TIPS.