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Police in Overland Park say two people have died in a shooting.  The ages and identities of the victims and details of the shootings have not been released. Police in Overland Park say two people have died in a shooting. The ages and identities of the victims and details of the shootings have not been released.
Officers who responded to the scene Tuesday evening say they found one victim injured in the street and a second person dead in a house nearby. Officers who responded to the scene Tuesday evening say they found one victim injured in the street and a second person dead in a house nearby.
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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

A deadly double shooting in an Overland Park neighborhood was not a random act of violence, Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez said.

Police identified the victims as 18-year-old Velik Henderson and 19-year-old Trevon Anderson.

"We believe there is a connection between the victims and the suspects. And so I just want to assure everybody that this wasn’t some random act of violence, that we do believe there is some sort of connection. Overland Park is a safe place," he said.

Neighbors say the shooting Tuesday evening near West 61st Terrace and Robinson Street came without warning and those who tried to save the two gunshot victims are left rattled.

"There was no yelling, no screaming, no nothing. And then I heard, 'bam, bam, bam.' I thought it was fireworks," said Charles Ruffin who lives on West 61st Terrace.

Witnesses say the first victim was shot in the house and, as three people were running away up the street, the second victim was shot and killed.

Ruffin said it was just after 9:30 p.m. when he heard the gunshots. He saw one of the men fall to the ground and two other men try to get him up. That was when the men started yelling for someone to call 911. So Ruffin called police.

"I heard gunshot and laid my kids on the floor and someone was beating on my door screaming for help and I ran over and didn’t find a pulse so I started chest compressions, but it was too late," said a neighbor who didn’t want to be identified. “There was too much blood, it was too late. He was scared and didn't know what to do.”

The woman is a nurse and said she knew Henderson, her next-door neighbor, well.

“I just found him on the floor bleeding and needing help so I tried to help, I tired,” she said.

Police were investigating multiple crime scenes about 150 yards apart, both related to the double murder.

Investigators are now focusing on a home at the end of the street where Henderson was found dead right inside his door. Anderson was found in the street.

“I'm not sure what happened. We just heard a bunch of ruckus and by the time we got out there he was already gone. He was my little friend. We used to hangout every afternoon after work. He was a good kid," said a neighbor who only wished to go by Patrick.

Patrick called 911 and watched as his other neighbor performed CPR. What neither of them knew at the time was that Anderson was lying dead in the street after also being shot.

Ruffin said it was an experience he has never really had to deal with before.

"This is the first shooting we've had down 61st Terrace. We've had problems with drugs, problems with loud music, all kinds of problems, but no shootings," he said.

Henderson’s girlfriend said the two had just gone to prom together only a couple of months before. He graduated from Raytown High School. 

Family members have setup a GoFundMe account for Henderson to help with funeral expenses. Click here to donate.

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