KC police think woman killed in Tuesday shooting was not ‘intended target’

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Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 10:19 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department has identified a woman who was fatally shot on Tuesday evening, adding that they think she wasn’t “the intended target.”

Just before 6:15 p.m., officers were called to the 3500 block of Cypress Ave. after someone heard gunshots. While officers were on their way, 911 dispatchers received multiple additional calls about a shooting in the same block.

When officers arrived, they were directed to the front of a residence in the area. They found a woman there who had been shot. EMS went to the scene and took her to the hospital for treatment of her life-threatening injuries. Later, the hospital notified detectives that she had passed away from her injuries.

On Wednesday, the police said she had been identified as 67-year-old Loretta Neal.

Detectives and crime scene personnel had already started processing the scene for evidence and were canvassing for people who may have witnessed an aggravated assault. Once Neal passed away, it became a homicide investigation.

On Wednesday, the police added that investigators think Neal “was not the intended target of the shooter(s).” They are still asking for tips.

If you saw anything or have information that can assist detectives in their investigation, you are asked to call 816-234-5043. You can also anonymously call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. There is a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.