Police ID man shot, killed near UMKC campus - KCTV5

Police ID man shot, killed near UMKC campus

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Witnesses say they heard several gunshots in the area. (KCTV5) Witnesses say they heard several gunshots in the area. (KCTV5)
Police say the homicide is Kansas City's 111th of 2017. (KCTV5) Police say the homicide is Kansas City's 111th of 2017. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A man is dead following a shooting at 50th Street and Troost Avenue. 

The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Orlando Gentry.

Police responded to the scene at about 10 p.m. on Sept. 20.

When they arrived they found Gentry outside of the Troostwood Townhomes, across the street from the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses say they heard several gunshots in the area.

A vehicle was towed from the scene.

UMKC Police issued an alert on Wednesday, informing students of the shooting and saying a person of interest was arrested and turned over to the Kansas City Police Department after being found in a campus parking lot.

Here is the UMKC statement:


"At approximately 10 pm on 9/19/17, the UMKC Police Department was contacted by the Kansas City Police Department regarding a homicide that occurred off campus, outside of the apartments on the east side of 50th Street and Troost Ave. The suspect was last seen leaving the scene going north on foot.

Shortly after 10 pm, the UMKC Police received a call regarding a suspicious individual in UMKC Parking Area 32 South, located at 52nd Street and Rockhill Road. The individual was taken into custody and turned over to KCPD as a person of interest in the homicide.

No further details are available at this time." 


Neighbors say the fatal shooting does not define the neighborhood.

“Troostwood is an active, tightknit, neighborhood association,” said Elizabeth Bejan who lives in the neighborhood near the shooting.

Bejan helps run a bike shop down the street from where the shooting happened. She says she does hear gunshots in the area.

“It’s kind of hard to tell where they are coming from, but we hear them and we know what they are,” she said.

But John Barker says after living in the area for years, he usually hears them north of the neighborhood.

For Bejan, neighbors look out for each other.

“We use social media to stay in touch with one another. We would have been texting one another,” she said.

“I don’t feel unsafe at all. You see ladies walking their dogs, small dogs, at all hours,” Barker said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline (816) 474-TIPS.

Police say the homicide is Kansas City's 111th of 2017. On Sept. 20, 2016, the city had recorded 86 homicides.

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