Tuesday was a busy day for Kansas City, Mo. police detectives as three shootings were reported at roughly the same time this afternoon, two resulting in homicides, one in the 10900 block of Sycamore Avenue, the other on Independence Avenue and Bales.
At approximately 1:30 on Tuesday afternoon, KCPD officers were called to the 3500 block of Independence Avenue on a reported shooting. Upon arrival officers located one victim suffering from gunshot wounds. That victim was transported to an area hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.
The suspected shooter fled in an unknown direction, according to police. There is no further suspect information at this time. The victim’s identification is being withheld pending formal notification of family.
Rosilyn Temple, founder of Mothers in Charge was on the scene and said, “We got to be able to come together and you know like I said, we don’t have to like each other, but we can respect each other.”
“And to say we have had enough, to save a child’s life, or a loved one’s life. If we get that together, we’re able to do a lot of good things.”
Anyone with any information in regards to this homicide is asked to call the tips hotline at 816-474-TIPS for the homicide unit directly. All calls to the TIPS hotline are anonymous and information leading to an arrest in this case could lead to a $25,000 reward.
Update: On Wednesday, Jun 9, KCPD identified the victim of the shooting in the 3500 Block of Independence Avenue as 52-year-old Jose Lugo.
This past weekend, friends and family celebrated Lugo’s life with a memorial at the scene of the shooting.