Police investigate fatal stabbing in 500 block of Gladstone

The Gabriel Apartments in the 500 block of Gladstone Boulevard on Saturday, Oct. 1. Photo by Abby Hoover

One person is dead Saturday night in the 500 block of Gladstone Boulevard in the Historic Northeast.

Monday morning the victim was identified as 31-year-old James Fisher.

Police responded to a cutting at the Gabriel Apartments at Independence Avenue and Gladstone shortly after 8:30 p.m.

When officers arrived, they located a victim outside of the apartments suffering from an apparent trauma. EMS arrived on the scene and pronounced the victim deceased.

Police did not have any victim information to share at the time of the interview.

As of 10 p.m., Gladstone Boulevard was still closed as Crime Scene Investigators processed the scene.

At this time, the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) has a person of interest in custody. According to KCPD, there is no danger to the community related to this incident.

“We want anyone with information to call us,” KCPD Media Officer Donna Drake said. “Detectives are going to be talking to a few witnesses, and the detectives will be knocking on doors and seeing if anyone additional heard or saw anything.”

Witnesses can contact the Homicide Unit directly at 816-234-5043, or the TIPS hotline anonymously at 816-474-TIPS.

East Patrol Major Kari Thompson said the apartment complex has not been a known area of trouble for KCPD recently.

This is Kansas City’s 127th homicide in 2022, and third of the day after two people were found with trauma in a burning building in the 4100 block of Oak Street. There has not been a homicide in Northeast since August 29, when a man was found deceased in Kessler Park.

The Historic Northeast is taking steps to reduce violent crime. This weekend, KCPD hosted a Citizens Police Academy in Spanish, attended by some Northeast residents. The Ad Hoc Group Against Crime hosted a Block Watch Training in Pendleton Heights for Northeast neighbors. Some neighborhood groups are considering hiring private security.

As of Monday morning, this case has been presented to the prosecutor’s office and the suspect, 61-year-old David Cornell has been charged.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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