40-year-old Marlon J. Williams of Shawnee, KS, was shot and killed outside of City Hall on Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
Family says the man killed in a shooting Thursday afternoon outside City Hall was simply there to take care of a ticket in traffic court.
"Right there in open daylight they did this. This wasn't at night. This was in daylight they did this to him. So they have no regard for human life, for anyone's life," Geraldine Williams said.
Marlon J. Williams, 40, of Shawnee, KS, was shot and killed Thursday about 3:15 p.m. in the area of Sixth Street and Ann Avenue as he was leaving City Hall, going through an outside walkway east side of the building near a parking lot.
"The incident occurred behind City Hall, between City Hall and the health department, but as far as we know nothing occurred inside either building," said Sgt. Emmett Lockridge with the Kansas City, KS, Police Department.
The victim's family is now left with many questions as they try to wrap their minds around what happened.
"You think you're going to be safe there. That's a place you think, ‘I am going to take care of my business and I am safe. Go do this and go back home,'" Geraldine Williams, Marlon's mother, said.
But Marlon Williams never made it home. He was shot in the head. Nothing was taken from him, so his family doesn't believe it was a robbery. Instead they feel he was targeted.
"To actually shoot him and kill him to shut him up, I am thinking that's what happened," Geraldine Williams said.
Marlon Williams was scheduled to go to court against a man who shot at him two years ago over an argument. A close friend, who wanted to have her identity protected, said he was concerned.
"There was known threats that if he did testify that he might as well be a dead man walking," the friend said. "The family feels that this was vendetta. It was carried out because what was said was if Marlon's not here to testify, the court case is dropped because he was the only witness."
Police won't confirm this was the motive. They said they are following every possible lead and Geraldine Williams is pleading with the public to keep the tips coming in.
"The tag number, car color or description of someone looking suspicious. Just any little thing. Everything helps," she said.
There are surveillance cameras in the area that police are looking through to see if there's any helpful information. But the best help will come from witnesses.
Police were looking for the two people shown in surveillance pictures they released, but said they found them and determined that they were not involved in the shooting.
The shooting temporarily closed down the Wyandotte County Health Department, located next to City Hall. There was a bit of a discrepancy if it ever caused City Hall to temporarily lock down.
Police want to talk to anyone who has any information about the crime to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
KCTV5's Bill Lindsay contributed to this report.
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