Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Homicide #126: Be cool today, people

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 7:39 AM

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One way we keep track of the general health of Kansas City, Missouri, is by paying attention to the press releases from the police department. When someone's killed, one of the KCPD's public information officers sends out a notice with a number.

Yesterday at 5:06 p.m. came this one, under the subject line "Homicide #126":

Today at approximately 4:30pm, KCMO Police were called to an

apartment complex in the 100 block of N. Belmont

in regard to a shooting. Upon arrival officer's observed a shooting

victim (white male approx. 20yrs old) inside a vehicle behind the apartment

complex. The victim was pronounced dead a short time later. A female witness

stated that a white male shot the victim and fled on foot. The suspect is

described as a white male, 5'8, medium build, wearing a red hooded

sweatshirt/jacket and blue jeans. Detectives are on the scene and ask that

anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.


If no one's murdered today, we'll narrowly avoid tying 2005, with its 127 homicides, for the bloodiest year of the decade. C'mon, people. Let's not kill each other today, OK? -- C.J. Janovy


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