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KCK police investigate city's latest homicide

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Police are busy investigating two shootings.  One person was killed.

Kansas City, KS, police tried retracing the steps of a shooting Sunday afternoon outside a convenience store at North 38th Street and Leavenworth Road.

Officers were focusing on an SUV with blood covering the passenger's seat.  They circled the car and gathered evidence, hoping it would point to a shooter.

Police said the victim's injuries there were non-life-threatening.

Sadly, that was not the case for family members who gathered nearby at North 16th Street and Wood Avenue about the same time.

Police found a young man in his early 30s shot to death in a field just after 4 p.m.

"I was told by one of my neighbors it was a lot of gunshots, and they went and ran for cover, and then I went around to see what all the screams were about.  Sure enough there was a young man laying in the bushes, dead," said Brent Sallard, who has kept watch over his  neighborhood for the past 45 years.

"The ladies on the corner, for instance, they are older ladies.  I keep an eye out for them," Sallard said.

He said the area has had its ups and downs, and he hates to see this violence and loss.

"It is a shame we lost another young man.  He could have been a vital part of the neighborhood.  So any time we take a loss, like that, it is not a good one," Sallard said.

Grieving family gathered to support each other after the shooting.  One woman said the victim was her brother.

But with no clear witnesses, family members want anyone who knows what happened to come forward and call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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