KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Police are investigating the city's 154th homicide of the year, breaking the record set in 1993.
Officers were called just after 7 a.m. Wednesday to the 6600 block of The Paseo regarding a man in an alley. The 911 caller led them to the victim who had been shot. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
There is no suspect information at this time.
Police said there was a 911 call received about 3 a.m. of sounds of shots in the area. Officers conducted a canvass and did not locate anyone or anything. It is unknown at this time if this call is related, but detectives will be looking into this information.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas released the following statement after Kansas City surpassed the all-time homicide record in one calendar year:
We have seen 100 murders in Kansas City during all but seven of the full 36 years of my life. Almost 4,000 Kansas Citians murdered since 1984; all gone too soon. Too many of our fathers, brothers, mothers, and sisters have had their lives cut short due to violence. Although the trends nationwide have increased in the past several years, our problem in Kansas City has been with us for generations.
Change, however, can and must be made. Over recent decades, murder rates dropped in Richmond by 40 percent; Omaha by 50 percent; and New York City, by over 80 percent from 1990 to today.
Saving young lives, black lives, and all lives has to be a central goal of what we do each day as a city. I am heartbroken, but I resolve that by working in prevention and intervention we do not have to bury thousands more of our brothers and sisters over the decades ahead due to violence.
Each person we’ve lost in 2020 was special, and my heart goes out to their families, friends, and all in our community touched by the pain: Cristobal, Rickey, Raidel, Patrick, Ronnie, Frank, Maije, Terrel, Keva, Tyron, Jalen, Daisy, Anthony, Roget, Linda, Christopher, Raymond, Shawndele, Tara, Andrew, Patrick, Jahmiere, Brandon, Lawrence, Jazmyn, Sage, Montez, Maxwell, Stacey, Jason, Derrick, Arlin, Kenneth, Michael, Henry, Antony, Briana, Deon, Larry, Shawn, Kyle, Chieynne, Lodiller, Diamon, Jayvon, Lewis, Sylvester, Marquice, Desimund, Billie, Michael, Charles, Pierre, Ky, Sharon, Darren, Valentino, Quindell, LeGend, Clyde, Romello, Paul, Jamie, Dejon, Marcus, William, Trinton, Matthew, Montel, Trevieance, Emmit, Ivory, Clarence, Marvin, Anthony, Destiny, Steven, Anton, Matis, Sarah, Victor, Tevin, Jevonte, Howard, Marvin, Jeremy, Scott, Carlos, Tyler, Cleveland, Michael, William, Charles, Mauricia, Terence, Frederick, Stan, Christopher, Kashawn, Anna, Larry, Martez, Daniel, Felipe, Monrico, Shea, Damen, Elijah, Travis, Montai, Gaklin, Thomas, Sammi, Stacey, Donnie, Barron, Michael, Manuel, Deandre, Joseph, Devin, Frederick, Devin, Devon, David, Antonio, Rolando, Kirin, Anthony, Derrick, Joshua, Christopher, Derrick, Richard, Lavance, Miguel, Phillis, Amanda, Chase, Jahron, Raeven, Bobby, Derrick, Tina, Georgia, Treshaun, DeAndre, Raphael, and Earl.
As this marks the most homicides Kansas City has seen in a single year, KCPD doesn’t want this to be about numbers.
“It’s something we don’t like to track as a score. Whether it’s the first one of the year or the 154th or the 200th for the year. It’s a person that belongs to somebody. It’s somebody’s family member. It’s a young life that’s obviously taken too soon,” Kansas City police spokesman David Jackson said.
Community Outreach Specialist Pat Clarke says he prays for solutions.
“At the end of the day, once again in a black community, ain’t nobody killing us but us. So who does a black life matter to? When it’s a black life taking a black life. That’s it,” Clarke said.
Anyone with any information on any homicide or shooting in Kansas City is urged to call the homicide unit at 816-234-5043 or the anonymous tips hotline at 816-474-TIPS. Anyone who provides information leading to an arrest is eligible for up to a $25,000 cash reward.
UPDATE: On Thursday, the victim in this homicide was identified as 47-year-old Shermaine Taylor.