Kansas City 2024 Homicide #47: Man Shot Dead Inside Car Overnight

True, KCMO has garnered a bit of progress this year against homicides. 

Last year at this date on the calendar there were already 60 homicides in what would be a record breaking year for killing inside city limits.

However . . . 

The numbers can quickly add up as Spring/Summer is typically the most violent time of year and KCPD remains in desperate need of at least 300 more officers.

Here's the latest report that police are sharing with media this morning . . 

Homicide 12th and Benton

This morning just after 3AM officers were dispatched on reports of a disturbance involving a weapon in the area of 12th and Benton Blvd. The call was then updated to a shooting.

When officers arrived, they contacted a person at a nearby business who stated their friend had been shot. Officers located an adult male inside of a vehicle unresponsive suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. EMS responded to the scene and declared the victim deceased.

The circumstances surrounding this incident are currently unknown.

Homicide detectives and crime scene personnel have responded to begin gathering evidence and collecting witness statements.

Detectives are actively working on identifying a person of interest and police do not currently have anyone in custody.

This is being investigated as a homicide and is ongoing at this time.

If anyone was in or around the area at this time and saw or heard anything they are asked to contact Homicide detectives directly at 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline anonymously at 816-474-TIPS there is a reward of up to $25,000 for information submitted anonymously to the TIPS hotline.

We are committed to assisting victims of violent crimes through use of Missouri’s Protection Program for Victims/Witnesses of Violent Crime. Funding for temporary, or even permanent relocation, may be available but is subject to pre-approval by the State’s administering agency.

We are working with Partners for Peace in all our homicide investigations to monitor risks for retaliation and provide social services to affected residents.

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