Kansas City man shot, killed walking down the street mid-day Sunday, police say

A shooting took the life of a man mid-day Sunday in Kansas City. His death marked the sixth homicide the city has suffered in the past week, according to data tracked by The Star.

Officers were called just before noon Sunday to the area of East 54th and Olive streets on a shooting, said Sgt. Jake Becchina, a spokesman with the Kansas City Police Department.

There police found a man in his 60s suffering from a gunshot wound, Beccina said. The man was lying unresponsive between the sidewalk and the street.

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The victim was taken to the hospital where he was soon declared dead, Becchina said.

After a preliminary investigation Sunday, police believe the victim was walking down the sidewalk when at least one person in a vehicle pulled up next to him, then shot at him multiple times, Becchina said.

No description of the suspect vehicle was immediately available.

“People are familiar with people in the neighborhood,” Becchina said. “If this is somebody from the neighborhood, I’d really hope that the neighbors here stand up if they did see something and stand up and speak out for that victim on behalf of him.”

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the homicide unit at 816-234-5043 or the anonymous TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

The latest killing marks the 143th homicide this year in Kansas City, according to data maintained by The Star. By this time last year — the deadliest year on record — the city had suffered 175 homicides.

“Each one of these is someone who started their day and didn’t plan to have this happen,” Becchina said.

Gun violence is the subject of a statewide journalism project The Star is undertaking in Missouri this year in partnership with the national service program Report for America and sponsored in part by Missouri Foundation for Health. As part of this project, The Star will seek the community’s help.

To contribute, visit Report for America online at reportforamerica.org.

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