Kansas City Police on scene of city's latest homicide - KCTV5

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Man dead after apparent gun battle lights up city block

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another injured after a gunfight that literally lit up a city block with bullets.

Neighbors say they heard as many as 25 gunshots around 7:15 p.m. Saturday in the area of Lexington Avenue and Garfield Street on the city's east side.

"I heard the gunfire. I was watching TV, and of course, my window faces the area. I kind of ducked down a little bit just to avoid any stray bullets. I looked up and didn't see anything, just heard screams," neighbor Jeff Eales said.

Two officers, who were responding to a separate call a couple shots away, heard the shots and rushed to area. During a search of the area, they found 31-year-old Willis O. Todd dead in a parking lot.

Todd's brother was with him when officers arrived. He told police that he arrived after the gunfight. He had a loaded gun on him, so police took him in for questioning to find out what his role could have been in the shooting.

Neighbors describe seeing four men involved, all running down the street and firing at each other near Lexington and Brooklyn avenues.

Detectives found a blood trail leading away from the scene, and witnesses say they saw one man get into a gray Pontiac Grand Prix.

About 30 minutes later, that car then dropped off a second shooting victim at an area hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

Officers are interviewing several witnesses around the area and sifting through evidence. They said they are finding bullet casing scatted throughout the area.

"Witnesses are telling us that several gunshots were being fired, and actually, officers heard a lot of them. We have shell casing stringing from about a two-block radius," officer Darin Snapp said.

Bullet holes were even found in a nearby apartment building, shattering some widows. Police said they are grateful that no one else was injured.

Authorities are hoping to speak with the driver of the car that dropped the victim off at the hospital and anyone else who may have witnessed any other information.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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