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Kansas City police investigate homicide near 71 Highway, 85th St.

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Kansas City police are investigating a homicide that happened on U.S. 71 Highway and 85th Street. (KCTV5) Kansas City police are investigating a homicide that happened on U.S. 71 Highway and 85th Street. (KCTV5)
Kansas City police are investigating a homicide that happened on U.S. 71 Highway and 85th Street. (KCTV5) Kansas City police are investigating a homicide that happened on U.S. 71 Highway and 85th Street. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City police are investigating a homicide that happened on U.S. 71 Highway and 85th Street. 

A man is dead after a shooting in the area. The highway in the area was shutdown.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte said the shooting happened on the highway and the shots came from someone moving down the highway. 

Officers closed off all southbound lanes for more than 20 blocks and two exits, causing rush-hour traffic to stack up significantly. 

Witnesses told police the car was heading south on 71, then hit the concrete barrier on the right shoulder, bounced off that, crossed lanes of traffic and hit the steel wires on the left shoulder before stopping.

A man working a near-by construction business along the train tracks told KCTV5 he heard what sounded like fire crackers, at least five in a row, starting loud then getting softer. He realized in retrospect that was the gunfire moving farther away as someone shot from a moving car.

When medics stopped they found the driver already dead inside the car with bullet holes in the driver's side.

KCPD sergeant Kari Thompson said there is no suspect details immediately available at this time.

Police also addressed the traffic back up the closure created.

“If this were your family member, wouldn’t you want us to do everything possible to find out exactly what happened to them," Thompson said. "That is why we had such a large scene today. We apologize for the inconvenience but we want to solve this case.”

Forte says there were no reports of anyone else being hurt. 

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCTV5 News for the latest. 

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