Westport shooting marks KC's 33rd homicide

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City marks Easter Sunday with its 33rd homicide of the year, after a late night in Westport ends in gunfire.

Authorities have identified the victim as Kendrick Williams, 22, of Kansas City, Mo.

A woman called 911 just before 2 a.m. and told dispatchers that someone had been shot near 40th and Mill Street.

When police arrived, they started a foot canvass along side streets and through bushes trying to find the Williams.

When police spotted Williams, he was taken to the hospital with obvious gunshot wounds. He died at the hospital.

Witnesses told police the suspects took off in a burgundy colored SUV.

Employees and patrons in the area say the are surprised by the gunfire and believe it's not a reflection on the Westport community.  Missy Lorenzen lives and works in Westport.

"I still feel pretty safe, Westport security is everywhere, they're always around," Lorenzen said. "I walk to my car by myself at night and feel totally fine about it."

Police are still looking for answers in this case. If you have any information, call the TIPS hotline.

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