Kansas City was having a relatively decent year murderwise until Sunday night. Last week, the city was at 45 homicides - two fewer than at the same time in 2012. But it all went to crap over the last 36 hours or so when the city added three homicides in a spate of shootings.
The first homicide of Monday night happened outside an apartment complex at 1715 Kansas Avenue, after a pair of groups exchanged gunfire with each other. Police found a 30-year-old man dead in the parking lot. Three other people were hurt in the shooting.
Then, according to a KCPD press release, more victims appeared.
"[O]fficers were called to McDonald's, 1421 Prospect Ave, in regard to two shooting victims who arrived by private vehicle. They stated they were also shot while at the homicide scene. The victims were transported to a local hospital in serious but non-life threatening condition. At approximately 9:40pm a fourth shooting victim arrived at a local hospital in critical condition. It has not been confirmed yet but it is believed he was also shot while in the 1700 block of Kansas."
Then, at 11:56 p.m., police investigating reports of shots fired found a male homicide victim in the driver's seat of a car on the 5600 block of Norton Avenue.
Those homicides followed the shooting death of Marlon E. Randolph, 23, around 3:30 Sunday morning in a motorcycle club on Prospect Ave. Police said they think more than one shooter fired into the crowded club. Another victim was shot in the head and remains on a ventilator. Eight others were wounded in the shooting.
The three killings bump the number of homicides this year to 48, which is one ahead of last year's total at this time. As always, police ask anybody with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816.474.8477. Happy summer, everybody.