It all began Friday night around 8:29 when Kansas City firefighters were called to a house fire in the 5400 block of East 28th Street. Firefighters discovered the body inside the home. Police believe that the fire was intentionally set, and they're investigating the death as a homicide. UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Nathan Davis.
Less than two hours later, police were investigating a triple homicide at 24th and Lister.
A shots-fired call was received around 10:17 p.m. Police found the bodies of 50-year-old Anthony Richardson, 53-year-old Mary Richardson and a yet-to-be-identified third victim (police had not notified the family).
No arrests have been made in that case. UPDATE: KMBC reported Monday that an arrest was made in the case. KCTV5 reported that the suspect was the boyfriend of one of the victims. The TV station added that Anthony Richardson was a friend of Kansas City Police Chief Daryl Forte's.
The next morning, detectives were investigating a double homicide. Claude Carson, 52, and Alphonso Nicholson, 42, were found shot to death in the 2500 block of Benton around 6:33 a.m. Saturday.
No arrests have been made in this case, either. UPDATE: Kansas City police say an arrest has been made in this double homicide. Charges are expected to follow soon.
I believe this puts Kansas City, Missouri, at 96 homicides for 2011.
Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte announced Saturday morning that additional police officers would be dispatched throughout the city.
Sunday morning brought two shootings, including that of a 22-year-old woman who was shot at 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway. KMBC reported that the woman suffered critical injuries. The woman's boyfriend told KMBC that his girlfriend had walked to the grocery store to buy bread and realized that a man was following her on her walk home. The woman reportedly turned around, and the man was pointing a gun at her chest. She was shot in the arm as she turned, and the bullet went through the woman's chest.
If you have information about any of these cases, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 or the Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043.