Weekend homicides flare in Kansas City despite police chief calling for end to violence

Marc LaVoie
August 06, 2018 - 7:05 am

KMBC Channel 9 News

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Two people are dead after separate shootings in Kansas City that took place over a nine-hour period Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Friday morning, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith called a news conference to ask the public for help in reporting acts of violence. Smith cited two specific cases in which an 11-year-old child was shot and an infant who was in a car where gunshots were fired.  

"This is getting ridiculous," Smith said. "I think people should know that these types of things are happening in our city."

Community leaders are calling for more governmental involvement to reduce violence.

"I'm not talking about increasing policing or anything like that, or arming our police force with more toys," said Damon Daniel, with the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime. "I'm talking about real investment in this community, and in people."

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday a man suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting near 39th Street and Chelsea. About 30 minutes later three men and three women were shot near 18th Street and Highland, not far from where a concert had finished at the Negro Leagues Museum. The victims in the first two incidents had survived, as of late Sunday.

Around 2:20 Sunday morning, a woman died after she was shot near 89th Street and Troost. Then about a half hour later, a woman was found dead near 107th Street and Greenwood.

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