Three young men were shot, one of them killed, in the West Blue Valley neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri
A teenage minor was killed and two others were shot during what authorities suspected was a shootout with others fleeing an apartment building Friday evening in Kansas City’s West Blue Valley neighborhood.
Shortly before 6 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 6000 block of East 13th Street after a shooting was reported, said Officer Alena Gonzalez, a department spokeswoman.
One of the shooting victims was found unconscious in the street near a vehicle that had crashed into a light pole. The teen, whose identity had not been released Friday night, was taken to hospital and died there.
Two other people were injured by gunfire and were taken by ambulance to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Both are also believed to be teenagers.
Preliminary results of the investigation indicate that another vehicle involved left the area after the shooting. Police did not have a description to share Friday night.
Investigators will try to speak with the teens who survived in hopes of learning more about what happened and who was involved, Gonzalez said.
Homicide investigators were also on the scene and combed the area looking for witnesses and looking for any surveillance footage. Gonzalez said police collected data in the area and will work throughout the night to find out who is responsible.
She added that although any murder is an “absolute tragedy”, those involving young people represent cases where the person “has not yet been able to experience life”.
“So, this is one of those times when we really appreciate the community coming out and talking to investigators and cooperating with us and providing us with the information that we need to try to find out who is responsible for this. A little boy lost his life tonight, and the mother is now without a son.”