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Man killed in shooting near 31st and Kensington; 1 injured, police say

Shooting marks city's 5th homicide in 25 hours
Posted at 5:25 AM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 23:19:17-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One man was killed and another was critically injured in shootings believed to be related early Monday morning in east Kansas City, Missouri, police said.

Shortly after 2:30 a.m., police responded to the 3100 block of Kensington Avenue and found a man shot in front of a residence. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police spokesman Sgt. Jake Becchina said.

Police identified that man Tuesday as Travis L. Turner, 36.

At the same time officers were responding to the shooting, police were told that a vehicle had crashed in front of a Kansas City Fire Department station at East 31st Street and Indiana Avenue, about 10 blocks away.

A man was found shot inside the vehicle, Becchina said. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was listed as critical, but stable.

Becchina said police do not know how the two incidents are related but believe the man found in the vehicle may have been shot on Kensington Avenue.

"The timing of it and based on some preliminary witness accounts from what they told us here at the original shooting scene where the deceased male is, we believe the two are related," Becchina said.

Police had no suspect information in the shootings, which marked the fifth homicide in the city in about 25 hours.

"All of the cases are open investigations at this point of time," Becchina said. "In each one of these, we need the public’s help alongside of our great detectives and investigators to solve these cases and bring them to a close and bring justice to the families involved."

Anyone who has any information is asked to call the KCPD Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 (TIPS). There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.