“Man Fatally Shot in Kansas City Home, Person of Interest Identified”

A man was found dead from a gunshot wound inside a home on Norton Avenue in Kansas City. The person who called 911 and was present at the scene is considered a person of interest. The police believe that the victim and the suspect knew each other, but the motive is still unclear. The investigation is ongoing, and the police are not looking for any other suspects. This incident adds to the high number of homicides in the city, which is on track to surpass the record set in 2020. The police are urging anyone with information to come forward. Anna Spoerre reported

Police were summoned to the scene of a shooting on Norton Avenue in Kansas City just before 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to Officer Alayna Gonzalez, a spokesperson for the Kansas City Police Department. Upon entering a residence, law enforcement discovered an individual suffering from a gunshot wound. Despite extensive efforts by first responders, including the application of CPR and tourniquets, the victim succumbed to their injuries on site. The individual who initially contacted emergency services and was present at the property when the police arrived has now been identified as a person of interest in relation to the shooting. While it is believed that the two men were acquainted, the motive behind the incident remains unclear at this stage.

Authorities have determined that there are no additional suspects being sought in connection with the case. Further details are currently unavailable.

The vicinity surrounding the incident was cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape. Within this perimeter, a resident fired up their barbecue and observed as detectives conducted door-to-door inquiries with neighbors. Just beyond the tape, children rode their bicycles along the street, the scene illuminated by the flashing lights of the police vehicles.

Tragically, this homicide marks the 127th recorded killing of the year 2023, as documented by The Star, which encompasses both fatal shootings involving the police and other cases. Kansas City is on pace to experience its most deadly year on record, surpassing the previous high of 182 homicides in 2020.

Addressing the ongoing issue of violent crime, Officer Gonzalez emphasized the importance of community collaboration, mutual accountability, and the establishment of a robust trust between the police department and the community. She expressed her belief that these measures will be instrumental in addressing the problem.

The Kansas City Police Department is urging anyone with information regarding any unsolved homicides in the area to contact the homicide detectives at 816-234-5043 or provide anonymous tips through the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS..