Weekend violence leaves seven dead in Kansas City Metro

Marc LaVoie
July 03, 2017 - 6:02 am

Seven people died in homicides in the Kansas City Metro area between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, prompting fears that the area could be reversing an overall multi-year trend of reductions in violent crime.

Four of the killings occurred in Kansas City, Kansas. The other three took place in Kansas City, Missouri.

Here are the incidents, in order of occurrence. Times are approximate:

  • 1:15 a.m. Saturday - Police find a man in his 40s dead from gunshot wounds in the 4300 block of Lloyd Street, KCK. Police suspect domestic violence. The shooter left before officers arrived.
  • 6:45 p.m. Saturday - A man in his 20s is found shot to death near First Street and Walker Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • 9:30 p.m. Saturday - A man is found dead from gunshot wounds in a car in the 1600 block of East 80th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • 10:00 p.m. Saturday - Two men are gunned down in the street at 28th Terrace and Myrtle Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri. 
  • 3:40 a.m. Sunday - Someone opens fire on three men riding in a vehicle in the 300 block of Waverly Avenue, KCK. One is hurt. One dies.
  • 3:30 p.m. Sunday - A man is fatally shot while unloading a vehicle at a laundromat near 47th and Parallel Parkway, KCK. Police believe three men walked up and started shooting.  

Kansas City, Missouri's homicide rate has been slowly climbing since a historic low of 82 in 2014. Headlines around the world were devoted to Chicago in 2016, when the city experienced 750 homicides. Kansas City is quietly dealing with a similar homicide rate of 26 per 100,000 residents. Chicago last year had a rate of 28 per 100,000. Kansas City, Kansas' rate was even worse, with 31 per 100,000. St. Louis had a frightening rate of 58 homicides for every 100,000 people living there.

As of late Sunday, 70 people had died in homicides in Kansas City, Missouri in 2016. There were 50 homicides by the same time in 2015.

Kansas City police and community leaders are looking for ways to avoid the more violent days of the crack epidemic. The bloodiest year ever for Kansas City, Missouri was 1993, with 153 homicides. There were 152 the year before. 

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