2 more KC homicides: Woman killed in home, man shot at gas station

Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 5:55 AM CST
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Just a few hours after the ATF director spoke in Kansas City about rising gun violence, police worked two more homicides in the city after a woman was killed in a home and a man was fatally shot outside a gas station.

Officers were called at 8 p.m. to a home on Bellefontaine Avenue near E. 49th Street regarding a shooting. Once there, they found an unresponsive woman inside the home suffering from a gunshot wound. Police and EMS tried to perform lifesaving measures on her, but she died at the scene. On Wednesday afternoon, the police identified her as 22-year-old Shayla Curts.

There is no suspect in custody and no suspect description in this homicide. Detectives and crime scene personnel canvassed the area for evidence and witnesses.

Just hours after that deadly shooting, Kansas City officers responded to a shooting around 3 a.m. outside of a BP gas station at Truman Road and The Paseo. When they arrived, they found an unresponsive man outside of the building who had been shot. Officers performed CPR, but emergency medical crews declared him dead shortly afterward. On Wednesday afternoon, the police identified him as 27-year-old Joshua R. Williams.

Again, there is no suspect description and no one is in custody in this homicide.

These two homicides bring Kansas City’s yearly total to 162.

According to KCPD’s Daily Homicide Analysis, this is one of the deadliest years on record for the city. It’s second only to the 179 homicides recorded in Kansas City in 2020.

The police are asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information about either case is asked to contact the KCPD’s Homicide Unit at 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 leading to an arrest.

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