Woman, shot at by man who then kills himself, dies at hospital - KCTV5


Woman, shot at by man who then kills himself, dies at hospital

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A woman, critically wounded Monday in what police are calling a domestic-violence related murder-suicide, has died.

Police say 29-year-old Adoria M. Verser of Kansas City, KS, died from her injuries Wednesday.

Kansas City, KS, police said 27-year-old Shefrin T. Smith was having an argument with Verser in the parking lot of Faith City Church at 5100 Leavenworth Rd. about 7:40 a.m. Monday.

He began to chase her before shooting the woman four times, according to witnesses. Smith then killed himself in front of their 8-year-old daughter, witnesses say.

Verser was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition where she died days later.

There is no motive as to why the shooting happened, police said. Authorities have not released the relationship of the two.

Kansas City, KS, Public Schools said nearby Welborn Elementary, located one block away, was placed on a lock out and not a lockdown, because the shooting happened outside of school property. The lock out was lifted about 8 a.m.

The shooting remains under investigation.

The police department's Major Case Unit is encouraging anyone with information regarding the deadly shooting to call 913-573-6020 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

The police department would like to encourage citizens living in abusive situations to seek assistance either through their local police department or any other agency that offers assistance for domestic violence. In KCK victims are encouraged to contact the Victim Services Unit of the police department at 913-573-5616, or any of the below listed domestic violence hotlines:

  • The Joyce Williams Center 913-321-0951
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • Kansas City Metro Domestic Violence Hotline 816-452-8535
  • Kansas Crisis line 888-END-ABUSE (2287)

A donation fund has been set up for Verser's children. More information can be found at the Facebook page created for her.

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